Citizen Academy — Fall / Winter 2023

We are accepting applications for our Citizen Academy, for Fall/Winter 2023.

Start Date: Novem­ber 2nd, 2023 — 6PM to 8PM
End Date: Decem­ber 28th, 2023 — 6PM to 8PM

Loca­tion: War­ren Coun­ty Sher­if­f’s Office, 200 Sky­line Vista Dri­ve, Front Roy­al, VA 22630

Cost: FREE

Appli­ca­tions can be down­loaded HERE.

Please have all appli­ca­tions turned into the Sher­if­f’s Office by Octo­ber 15th, so back­grounds can be com­plet­ed and the pro­gram start on time.

The Law Enforce­ment Cit­i­zen Acad­e­my pro­vides War­ren Coun­ty cit­i­zens with an inside look at local law enforce­ment oper­a­tions and chal­lenges. The pur­pose of the Cit­i­zen Acad­e­my is to devel­op pos­i­tive rela­tions between law enforce­ment and the com­mu­ni­ty through edu­ca­tion. Our goal is to cre­ate a core of respon­si­ble, well-informed cit­i­zens who have the poten­tial to influ­ence pub­lic opin­ion and dis­pel untruths about law enforce­ment prac­tices and services.

Par­tic­i­pants in each ses­sion com­mit to meet every Thurs­day, 6:00–8:00pm, for eight weeks, to learn about var­i­ous aspects of law enforce­ment. Most of the instruc­tors will be deputies and per­son­nel from with­in the agency, who speak on their area of exper­tise. Though the cur­ricu­lum and teach­ing meth­ods are sim­i­lar to the tra­di­tion­al Law Enforce­ment Acad­e­my, the Cit­i­zen Acad­e­my is not designed to train par­tic­i­pants as law enforce­ment offi­cers or vigilantes.

Cit­i­zen Acad­e­my par­tic­i­pants come to class from a vari­ety of back­grounds, with a vari­ety of philoso­phies about law enforce­ment offi­cers. Par­tic­i­pants are encour­aged to ask ques­tions, express ideas, and offer sug­ges­tions. Class size is lim­it­ed to thir­ty participants.


  1. Must be 18 to participate.
  2. The Law Enforce­ment Cit­i­zen Acad­e­my shall not inter­fere with the rou­tine oper­a­tions of the Sher­if­f’s Office.
  3. Par­tic­i­pants are required to dress in prop­er attire (busi­ness casual)
  4. Dur­ing a ride along with a deputy, no inter­fer­ence with the per­for­mance of any deputy shall be permitted.
  5. Par­tic­i­pants who are asked to iden­ti­fy them­selves should explain that they are Cit­i­zen Acad­e­my participants.
  6. Use of tobac­co / mar­i­jua­na / alco­hol prod­ucts is pro­hib­it­ed in the Pub­lic Safe­ty Build­ing and law enforce­ment vehicles.
  7. Please turn cell phones off or switch them to vibrate.
  8. Cit­i­zen Acad­e­my par­tic­i­pants may not car­ry firearms while attend­ing the Law Enforce­ment Cit­i­zen Academy.
  9. A crim­i­nal records check will be con­duct­ed on all appli­cants pri­or to admis­sion to the acad­e­my. A crim­i­nal his­to­ry may dis­qual­i­fy an appli­cant from participation.
  10. A back­ground check form and waiv­er must be com­plet­ed in order to par­tic­i­pate with the Cit­i­zen Academy


CLASS 1 — 11/2/2023, 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
• Wel­come
• Meet the Sher­iff
• Tour of the Sheriff’s Office
• Offi­cer Requirements/Hiring Process
• Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
• Com­mu­ni­ty Polic­ing / SRO

CLASS 2 — 11/9/2023, 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
• Intro­duc­tion to Law — Code of VA
• Victim/Witness Pro­gram
• Court Ser­vices
• Civ­il Process

CLASS 3 — 11/16/2023, 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
• Patrol — Pre­sen­ta­tion
• Traf­fic Stops
• Cri­sis Inter­ven­tion Team / Men­tal Health
• Drug / Sub­stance Abuse

CLASS 4 — 11/30/2023, 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
• Inves­ti­ga­tions — Pre­sen­ta­tion
• Crime Scene Pro­cess­ing
• Fin­ger­print­ing
• Domes­tic Vio­lence / Sex­u­al Assault

CLASS 5 — 12/7/2023, 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
• Firearms

CLASS 6 — 12/14/2023, 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
• Defen­sive Tactics

CLASS 7 — 12/21/2023, 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
• Offi­cer Sur­vival
• Active Shooter

CLASS 8 — 12/30/2023, 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
• SWAT Demo
• K9 Deputies
• Ani­mal Con­trol
• Grad­u­a­tion

We encour­age all cit­i­zen acad­e­my par­tic­i­pants to sched­ule a ride along with a deputy some­time dur­ing the dura­tion of the acad­e­my before grad­u­a­tion. Ride Along request forms can be down­loaded HERE.


** Note — Thurs­day, 11/23/23 is skipped in obser­vance of Thanksgiving **

Cit­i­zen Acad­e­my Appli­ca­tions can be down­loaded HERE and Ride Along Appli­ca­tions can be down­loaded HERE. Both appli­ca­tions can be obtained and sub­mit­ted in per­son at the War­ren Coun­ty Sher­if­f’s Office, 200 Sky­line Vista Dri­ve, Front Roy­al, VA 22630

For more infor­ma­tion con­tact Sgt. Vorous
Call: 540–635-4128

Mail appli­ca­tions to:
War­ren Coun­ty Sher­if­f’s Office,
ATTN: Sgt. Vorous,
200 Sky­line Vista Dri­ve,
Front Roy­al, VA 22630