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The Academy is a twelve week program designed to familiarize residents/participants of Potter County with goals, objectives, organizational structure, and general operating procedures of the Potter County Sheriff’s Office.
Its objective is to build a better understanding between citizens and the Sheriff’s Office through education and communication and to promote good will and community support.  The instructors are supervisors, deputies, and personnel from the Sheriff’s Office who teach in their own areas of expertise.  Each instructor has years of training and experience in the subject they will instruct.  All personnel bring street experience and expertise to the classroom.  There is no fee for participation in the Citizen’s Academy.


For twelve weeks, classes will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  The adult academy is in the spring and the high school is held in the fall. There are a total of 12 classes with 1 of those being held on a Saturday.  Extracurricular activities may also be involved on weekends.  An example of that would be the firearms training and patrol ride along sections.

Topics Covered

  • Sheriff’s Patrol Procedures
  • Detention Center Procedures and Tour
  • Criminal Investigations (CID)
  • Criminal Intelligence Unit (SCIU)
  • CPR Training
  • Dispatch/communications/911
  • Firearms/Simunitions Training – Safety
  • Overview of the Judicial System
  • Overview of the Potter County Sheriff’s Office

Criteria for Participation

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age
Applicants who reside in Potter County, Amarillo, TX will be given preference
Applicants must agree to a background check
Applicants must have NO criminal record
Academy classes will be limited to 32 students
The Sheriff will make the final selection of Academy participants.

If you wish to apply for a spot in the next Citizen's Academy download an application here or stop by the Sheriff's Office, located at 608 S. Pierce, to pick one up.

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