The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office believes that education is most effective
in gaining understanding and support from the community. Through our continuous
contact with various segments of society we have become aware of the need to educate
our citizens as it relates to law enforcement. The Jefferson Parish Sheriffs Office
Citizen’s Academy offers our residents new insight into how police officers perform
their duties, as well as how the department serves the community.
The Citizen’s Academy is a eight week program where residents of Jefferson Parish
are nominated to attend a three hour class, one night a week. Nominations are
submitted by members of the sheriff’s office, civic and community groups, and are
also solicited from the community.
Classes are taught by various personnel from the Sheriff’s Office. Each instructor
will develop his/her own class curriculum addressing pertinent issues. You are encouraged
to ask questions and become involved in classroom discussions. Many common misconceptions
of law enforcement will be explored as well as current technological advances in
the field of forensics. After completing the program the staff will ask for your
critique of the instruction.
A primary purpose of the Citizen’s Academy is to enhance community relations and
to open the Sheriffs Office to the public, explaining our responsibilities and how
we accomplish our objectives. The Academy is a program that can and will spark the
enthusiasm needed to achieve community involvement in developing solutions for the
future betterment of our community.
I am confident that after completing the program you will have learned a great deal
about your Sheriffs Office and will better understand the value of a solid police-public
partnership in addressing crime in our community.
Good luck, and I look forward to seeing you at graduation.
Very truly yours,