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The High School Academy is just like the Citizen’s Academy, but open to students only.  It is a nine 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.
The 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 High School Citizen’s Academy.


For nine weeks, every Fall, classes will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  There are a total of 10 classes with 2 being given within the same week.  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 in attendance within the AISD network or any Potter County school.
Applicants must agree to a background check
Applicants must have NO criminal record
Academy classes will be limited to 25 students
The Sheriff will make the final selection of Academy participants.

If you wish to apply for a spot in the next High School 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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