Applications being accepted for Citizen’s Police Academy


MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the next Citizen’s Police Academy, which will take place from Sept. 6 through Nov. 29. The class will be held every Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Training Center, 2050 N. County Road 25-A, Troy.

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is an instructional program designed to educate the residents of Miami County about the functions of the sheriff’s office. The comprehensive program is designed to provide an understanding of how your local sheriff’s office and how operates.

The CPA is offered in the evenings over a 13 consecutive week period, with classes every Wednesday. Each attending resident should arrive at 5:30 p.m. on the first day for an introduction briefing.

The CPA is open to all persons 21 years of age who live in, or work in Miami County. Residents must apply and successfully pass a background check. Persons charged/convicted of a felony or crime of violence will not be permitted to enroll.

The CPA exposes residents to a number of issues and the latest Miami County Sheriff’s Office procedures. These classes provide residents with an overview of the training received and functions of our office. It is not intended to train citizens to take police action or perform law enforcement duties. Classes will be provided by deputies with expertise in the related subject areas.

Some of the topics that will be covered include the sheriff’s office duties per Ohio Revised Code, jail operations, courtroom security, LE technology equipment, Dispatch 911 Center, criminal investigations, crash investigations, patrol operations, bicycle patrol, park district, evidence processing, Project LifeSaver, sex offender registration, first aid, crisis intervention, School Resource Officer operations, K9 operations, use of force, weapon familiarization and SRT/HNT operations.

Applications can be obtained on the sheriff’s office website at www.miamicountysheriff.org or at the sheriff’s office, located in the Safety Building in Troy. Questions about the program can be directed to Lt. Mike Whaley who can be reached at (937) 440-6085, Ext. 7106, or by email at whaley.mike@miamicountyso.com.