Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
  • Community involvement is the most powerful force any law enforcement agency has in the fight against crime. Through the “Citizens Academy”, it is our goal to encourage citizens to become more involved in making Hillsborough County a safer and better place to live.


    The next academy will be held on the following dates and times:

     Tuesday August 14, 2018 from 6:30pm till 9:30pm at the Training Division at 1409 Falkenburg Rd

     Thursday August 16, 2018 from 6:30pm till 9;30pm at the Falkenburg Rd Jail Classroom B- 520 N Falkenburg Rd

     Saturday August 18, 2018 from 8:30am till 1:30pm at the Walter C. Heinrich Practical Training Site- 14063 COUNTY RD 39 LITHIA, FL      33547

     Tuesday August 21, 2018 from 6:30 pm till 9:30pm at the Malcolm E. Beard Sheriffs Operation Center- 2008 E 8th Ave in the 2nd Floor Conference Room

     Friday August 24, 2018 from 6pm till at least midnight- ride along with a patrol deputy in one of our Five Districts

    Those wishing to attend will need to complete the one page application and email to diwatson@hcso.tampa.fl.us or submit via U.S. mail to:

    Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
    Community Outreach Division
    2008 E. 8th Ave
    Tampa, FL 33605


    Citizens Academy Application 


    • Ride with a uniformed patrol deputy upon graduation.
    • Tour the Sheriff’s Office detention facilities and communication center.
    • Interact with Sheriff’s Office specialty teams.
    • Gain insight into operations and investigations .
    • And so much more!

    While graduates of the Citizens Academy are not certified law enforcement officers, you will certainly gain a deeper understanding and respect for our men and women in uniform. This program is designed to show you the complexity and realities of the law enforcement profession.


    • Must be 19 years of age.
    • Must be a resident of Hillsborough County.
    • Must sign an indemnity release.
    • Must submit to a background check.

    For more information please call: (813) 247-8115
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