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Citizen's Academy

Mission Statement: To promote a positive partnership between the community and Clark County Sheriff’s Office through education.

What is the Citizen’s Academy?
The Citizen’s Academy is a 12-week program designed to provide citizens of Clark County the opportunity to learn about the Sheriff’s Office.

What is the purpose of the Academy?
The purpose of the Citizen’s Academy is to increase understanding between the department and the citizens of Clark through education. Citizens will become familiar with the many facets of the Sheriff’s Office and local law and justice system. With an increased understanding, citizens of Clark County and law enforcement can partner together to realize realistic solutions to neighborhood problems relating to crime and the fear of crime.

When is the Academy?
The Citizen’s Academy is held Wednesday evenings, March through May each year.

Overview of Sheriff’s Citizen's Academy (5 minute WMV)

Who is eligible to participate in the academy?
The Citizen’s Academy is a course specifically designed for citizens who are active in their communities and who wish to learn more about law enforcement in Clark County.

What Subjects are covered?

  • Introductions and course overview
  • Mission Statement/Values and Ethics
  • Major Crimes/Crime Scene Investigation
  • Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency ( 911 )
  • Canine unit/Training
  • Children's Justice Center
  • Drug Task Force
  • Sex Offender Registration
  • Officer survival
  • District Court/Superior Court
  • Community Oriented Policing/Internal Affairs
  • Tour of the Jail and Medical Examiner’s Office
  • Community Based Corrections/Juvenile System
  • Fraud and Forgery
  • Firing Range

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in registering for the next Citizen's Academy, please email Valerie Deming in the sheriff's administration office.

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Clark County Sheriff's Office:
Street Address: 707 West 13th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 410, Vancouver, WA 98666
Main phone: (360) 397-2211
Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388, then call (360) 397-2445
E-mails are monitored: Mon-Fri 8-4 p.m.

Responsible Elected Official: Sheriff Chuck E. Atkins

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