Citizen’s Academy

The Sheriff’s Office is presenting the 28th Sheriff’s Citizens Police Academy. The Sheriff’s Office and The DeKalb County Farm Bureau have sponsored the academy since its inception in 1996.
The Academy is scheduled to begin Thursday, January 11th, 2024, and will conclude with a graduation celebration at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau on March 21st, 2024. Classes are from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. for 10 consecutive Thursday evenings and will be held primarily at the Legislative Center in Sycamore and the Community Outreach Building in DeKalb. The Academy is not meant to prepare individuals for a law enforcement career but is an educational opportunity for DeKalb County Citizens. The Academy has been developed to give citizens a realistic view of the Criminal Justice System in DeKalb County, at the same time giving Sheriff’s Staff the opportunity to interact with citizens in a positive atmosphere. Citizens from all walks of life have enjoyed and graduated from the academy.
Instructors for the academy include deputies from the Sheriff's Office and other segments within the Criminal Justice System. Academy topics cover several areas including:

arrest procedures
criminal law
domestic violence
traffic stops
judicial perspective
active shooter response for citizens

Many of the classes include optional hands-on involvement by members of the Academy. Coordinators for the Academy are Deputy Sean Conlon, Sergeant Jeremy Grubbs, and Sergeant Zach Oltmanns.

Those interested in attending the Citizens Police Academy may click on the application link below.  Please email completed applications to:

Any questions please call: 815-895-7260.  There is no registration fee, however, class size is limited, the deadline for registration is December 27th, 2023.

Early registration is strongly encouraged.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age
Live or work within DeKalb County
Basic background checks are conducted on all applicants

Watch the downloadable Citizen’s Academy video on YouTube