Citizens Academy

The mission of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Citizen Police Academy Program is to educate and inform the community; to provide a forum for police - community interaction; to identify community problems, needs and concerns; and to foster a partnership with the community that will solve problems and work toward creating a safer environment.

The Citizen Police Academy is a 14-week program designed to give citizens an overview of our department's structure, services and personnel.

The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to the traditional law enforcement academy, but weekly sessions are not designed to make the participant a police officer.

Each week participants have a qualified instructor explain how each division of the Richland County Sheriff's Department operates including:

Lt. Cox and K9 Kai talking to Citizens Academy class

• Uniform Patrol Division
• Investigations
• Narcotics Enforcement
• Gang Unit
• Special Response Team
• Physical Evidence/Crime Lab
• Canine Unit
• School Resource Officers
• Professional Standards

• Youth Crimes
• Victim's Assistance
• Training Division
• Aviation
• Youth Arbitration
• Crossfit/Physical Fitness
• Reserve Deputy Program
• Dive Unit/Marine Patrol

During the program duration, classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m.
The final session is a ride-along with on-duty deputies.

Participant Requirements:
No misdemeanor arrests within 1 year of application
• No felony convictions
• Must be 18 or older

After completion of the Richland County Sheriff's Departments Citizens' Academy, graduates are invited to join the departments Citizens' Academy Alumni Association. For more information, contact Citizens' Academy Alumni Association President Tim Graves.

To apply for the Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association, click here. Already a member? Click here to obtain the garment application form.

If you are interested in participating in the RCSD Citizens' Academy, you may apply by calling Community Action Team Lt. Danny Brown at 803-309-5070 or by filling out the form below. You must agree to our terms and conditions in order to participate in the Citizens Academy.

In consideration of my application to attend the Citizen's Police Academy, I give the Richland County Sheriff's Department permission to conduct background checks on me, including convictions, pending charges, and outstanding warrants. I understand that this criminal history check is being conducted due to the nature of the classes given at the Citizen's Police Academy. (If no, application will not be processed.)