The Linn County Sheriff’s Office offers a twelve week Citizens Academy open 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.

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).

Our Fall 2023 Citizens Academy will be taking place September 27th – November 22nd at the Sheriff’s Office in Albany. Classes will take place Wednesday mornings from 9AM-12PM with one Sunday field day (TBD).

We aren't currently accepting applications for our Citizens Academy. Please check back soon.

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