Citizen's Academy

Citizen Academy is a look into the daily responsibilities and operation of the Hancock County Sheriff's Department. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department believes that educating the citizens of Hancock County will aid in police/community rapport and will help to dispel misconceptions and misunderstanding. In turn, the Sheriff's Department becomes more aware of the feeling and concerns of the community through input from the students.


The Sheriff’s Citizen Academy will meet every Tuesday beginning on March 5, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for nine weeks.

The 10th week will be our Field Day activity day. This will include range time. Field Day is scheduled on a Saturday morning, May 11, 2019.

At the end of the program on May 11th,  there will be a cookout with a small graduation ceremony with your family and friends.


  • Drug Interdiction
  • Traffic Stops
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Taser
  • Physical Tactics
  • Jail Tour
  • K-9 Demo
  • Public Relations
  • DUI Enforcement
  • Evidence & Crime Scene
  • Investigation
  • SWAT Demo
  • Family Violence
  • Field Day Activities including shooting at the range and role play "shoot or no shoot" scenarios
  • Much More!


The following testimonials are from past Citizen Academy Graduates:

"I heartily recommend these classes to anyone who is interested in our sheriff’s department. It was fun and interesting!"

— Eileen Fry

"Training on traffic stops, tasers, crime scene processing and more equals a unique experience for those attending. Impressed in immeasurable ways."

— Lee Harris

"I loved the citizen academy! Participating in this program is a great way to strengthen community bonds with our local heroes."
— Stacy Valdez

"It showed the professionalism and  dedication of the Hancock County Sheriff's Department and presented a small window into what their job entails."
— Bob Burrows


  • Any interested citizen who is at least 18 years of age or older and who lives or works in Hancock County
  • Citizens with no prior felony convictions
  • Able to make a commitment to attend the ten-week course

Application Deadline

Application deadline .


Deputy Ron Durbin
317-477-1178 ext. 3152

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