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:

    Monday 10/14/19 6:30pm-9:30

    Tuesday 10/15/19 6:30pm-9:30 

    Saturday 10/19/19 8:00am-1:00pm

    Monday 10/21/19 6:30pm-9:30

    Tuesday 10/22/19 6:30pm-9:30

    Monday 10/28/19 6:30pm-9:30

    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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