MCSO to offer citizen’s police academy

Staff Reports

MIAMI COUNTY — Beginning this fall, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office will offer a 12-week citizen’s police academy.

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 the local sheriff’s office and how it operates.

The class will meet every Wednesday starting Sept. 21 for 12 weeks from 7-9 p.m. Residents attending the academy and asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m. on the first day for an introductory briefing.

The CPA is open to all persons 21 years of age who live in, or work in Miami County. Citizens must apply and successfully pass a background check. The course is open to 25 students and is free. Persons charged/convicted of a felony or crime of violence will not be permitted to enroll.

The CPA exposes citizens 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 the 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 covered are: Sheriff’s Office duties per Ohio Revised Code, jail operations, courtroom security, LE technology equipment, criminal investigations, crash investigations, patrol operations, evidence processing, Project LifeSaver, sex offender registration, first aid, crisis intervention, School Resource Officer operations, K9 operations, use of force, weapon familiarization, SRT/HNT operations.

Applications and schedule can be found online at, under “citizen police academy” or they may be picked up at the sheriff’s office, 201 W. Main St., Troy, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Completed applications can be dropped off at the sheriff’s office or scanned and emailed to

The class will be limited to the first 25 registrants with plans to offer another academy in the spring of 2017.

For more information, contact Lt. Michael Whaley at (937) 440-6085 or email, or Deputy Warren Edmondson at (937) 440-6085 or email