The Broward Citizens Academy is a 13-week orientation course in the field of law enforcement. It's conducted in a classroom and "out-in-the-field" with certified agency instructors from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. As part of the class, students complete a four-hour ride-along assignment with a BSO deputy. It's an excellent way to learn more about law enforcement through firsthand experience and from those who have law enforcement background.
Held several times each year, the course overviews the criminal justice system, the history of law enforcement and the operations of a law enforcement agency through course work and practical experience. Classes meet for three-hours, one evening a week and include tours of BSO's 9-1-1 Communications Center and jails. Participants learn the workings of BSO's Bomb and Arson Squad, Public Information Office and Crime Lab. Students also watch a K-9 demonstration and visit the Firearms Range to take part in weapons simulator training.
The Citizens Academy is free of charge and is held on consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, 2601 West Broward Boulevard, in Fort Lauderdale.
For further information, contact Ms.Cheryl Vara at (954) 321-5076.
Click here for an application for the Citizens Academy. (This is a PDF file and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download Reader if you don't have it.) Complete the form and mail it to the address on the form or fax it to (954) 321-4723.