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Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
Citizens’ Police Academy

In May of 2019, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office working in partnership with the Carroll County States Attorney’s Office will be hosting the 4th Annual Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA). The CPA will cover topics which include, but are not limited to criminal law, traffic law, search warrants, use of force training, crime scene investigation, K9 demos, specialized weapons and tactics, etc. The academy will be open to selected members of the community who have completed a registration process and been pre-screened by members of the agency. The academy is scheduled to last approximately (6) weeks and during this time will be covering all the aforementioned topics. The Citizens’ Police Academy’s primary objective is to afford an opportunity for community, business and religious leaders to become informed and educated about the many aspects of police work. The Academy is designed to give the attendees exposure as to why police respond to various situations in a particular way and how they ultimately handle those incidents.

We believe the academy experience will be a pleasant introduction to the role of policing and its role in society. The ultimate goal of the Citizens’ Police Academy is to foster relationships between law enforcement, communities and businesses. We hope to create an alliance that leaves us with voices in the community to act as ambassadors to build solid partnerships, creating a better quality of life for those we serve.


Academy Objectives

Our Academy will give attendees the opportunity to learn about and participate in:

  • The benefits of public service
  • The challenges and demands associated with law enforcement
  • Selected police units
  • Practical applications that demonstrate the aspects of the police officer’s job
  • The many facets of the criminal justice system
  • How police interact with the court system
  • Safety procedures required in policing
  • Techniques used in addressing crime in our community

Topics Covered

  • Patrol Operations and Procedures
  • Probable Cause and Arrest Procedures
  • Use of Force and Shooting Policy
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Criminal Interdiction and Violent Crimes
  • Narcotics Investigations
  • CSI and Forensics
  • Traffic Laws and Enforcement
  • Crisis Response Team and Hostage Negotiation
  • Support Operations
  • Courts and State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Citizen Leadership

To Apply

Applicants will be subject to a background check. Exceptions to the application process may be approved by the program coordinator. Applicants must be either:

  • Adult residents of Carroll County
  • Police department or County government employees
  • Business and Civic leaders of the community


Citizens Police Academy Nomination Form
Citizens Police Academy Waiver, Release, and Indemnification

The Citizens Police Academy Nomination Form and the Citizens Police Academy Waiver, Release, and Indemnification has been designed for completion and electronic submission. Upon bringing up the form:

Use the Tab key to go from one field to the next.

  • Please complete all information as requested.
  • Signature(s) are required for these forms. Please complete all the fields, print, sign and date, and then email the finished document to bvanleuvan@carrollcountymd.govThe subject line of the email should state “Citizens Police Academy Application”.
  • When complete, select "Submit via email" for electronic submission.
  • Applications due April 29, 2019.

More Information

Information on the program may be obtained and questions regarding the completion of the form may be directed to the Lieutenant Bruce VanLeuvan by calling 410-386-2621 or via email at

Carroll County Sheriff's Office • 100 North Court Street • Westminster, Maryland 21157
410.386.2900 or 1.888.302.8924

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is committed to recruiting initiatives that reflect a fair and impartial representation of minority groups and females among its employees and applicants in approximate proportion to the minority composition of the Carroll County community.