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Citizen’s Academy set for spring

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is offering its Citizen’s Academy once again this spring.

Citizen’s Academy offers a unique and detailed look into the dynamic operations of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. The academy is open to any qualified and interested Linn County resident. 

The spring academy will run from April 5 to June 21. Classes will be 6 – 9 p.m. every Wednesday. There will also be a Sunday “field trip” during the academy with the date to be determined later. 

Citizen’s Academy students are introduced to each of Linn County Sheriff’s Office divisions and specialty teams. They receive classroom instruction and hands-on training in areas such as patrol, detectives, corrections, firearms, defensive tactics, traffic enforcement, narcotics investigations, swift water rescue and dive recovery, prisoner transport, and search and rescue.

The atmosphere at the Citizen’s Academy is fun and informative. Classes are taught by dedicated sheriff’s office team members. 

The minimum age for attendees is 18 years of age; however, applications will be considered for those as young as 16-years-old, provided they attend and take part in Citizen’s Academy with their parent or guardian.

For more information and to apply, please visit For questions, contact Community Services Specialist Michael Mattingly at [email protected].

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