The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy was established to build a better understanding between Law Enforcement and those we serve, through a series of classroom presentations and community involvement. Class time features a general overview of current law enforcement issues, patrol procedures, criminal investigations and crime prevention.

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About The Program

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy offers an exciting program. The curriculum and training are not what you might expect. Typically, the students attracted to the academy are a culturally diverse group of people including bankers, businessmen and women, judges, housewives, school teachers, media representatives, retirees and citizens from all walks of life.

Citizens Academy TrainingParticipants meet every Tuesday evenings for eleven weeks at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office training room in Bolivia from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. They learn about virtually every aspect of a deputy’s job including administration, patrol operations, traffic enforcement and communications, criminal law, SWAT and hostage negotiations, crime scene investigations, corrections and many other areas.

The Citizen’s Academy does not limit participants to classroom training. Students are given the opportunity to:

  • Tour the Detention Center facility and Courthouse.
  • Shoot weapons used by Officers.

Although graduates of the Citizens Academy are not qualified for daily street duty, they do acquire a better understanding of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office operations and responsibilities. Citizens Academy graduates gain greater awareness and appreciation of the difficult challenges and decisions a deputy sheriff faces every day.

Community involvement is the most powerful force any law enforcement agency has in the fight against crime. Through the Citizens Academy, citizens become more involved in making Brunswick County a better place to live. We at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office believe this program leads to better understanding between citizens and law enforcement through education.

Program Application

The academy is open to all persons over the age of nineteen and a half. Anyone interested in becoming part of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy can fill out the form below or you can print the form off and fill out the application and mail it to the Sheriff’s Office.

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Mail Completed Applications To:
BCSO, Citizens Academy
PO Box 9
Bolivia, NC 28422

Additional Information

For more information about the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy, please feel free to contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit at (910) 253-2745.







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