The Linn County Sheriff’s Office offers a Citizens Academy to any qualified and interested Linn County citizen. The Citizens Academy offers a unique and detailed look into the dynamic operations of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

Our 2024 Spring Academy will run from April 17th through June 12th. Classes will be every Wednesday evening from 6pm-9pm. There will also be one Sunday “field trip” to the firearms range and Animal Control, with that date to be determined later.

Citizens Academy students are introduced to each division and specialty team, and receive classroom instruction and hands-on training in areas such as patrol, corrections, firearms, defensive tactics, traffic enforcement, narcotics investigations, swift water rescue and dive recovery, prisoner transport, and emergency vehicle operation.

The atmosphere at the Citizens Academy is fun and informative. Classes are taught by Sheriff’s Office team members.  The minimum age for attendees is 18 years of age, however, applications will be considered for those as young as 16-years-old, provided they attend and take part in Citizens Academy with their parent or guardian (Each must submit a separate application form).

For more information about the Citizens Academy contact Community Service Specialist Michael Mattingly at