Citizen Police Academy & Teen Academy

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is an instructional program designed to educate the residents of Miami County about the functions of the sheriff’s office. The comprehensive program is designed to provide an understanding of how your local sheriff’s office operates.

The CPA is offered in the evenings over a thirteen consecutive week period, with classes every Wednesday. Classes will begin at 6:00 PM and conclude at 8:30 PM each day. We request each attending citizen arrive at 5:30 on the first day for an introduction briefing.

The adult CPA is open to all persons 21 years of age who live in, or work in Miami County, Ohio. Citizens must apply and successfully pass a background check. A rolling enrollment is offered by completing an application form that is available at the Miami County Sheriff’s Office or it can be downloaded from the website.  The teen academy is open to all Miami County juniors and seniors and most school districts accept the time towards public service requirements.

(Persons charged/convicted of a felony or crime of violence will not be permitted to enroll.)

The CPA exposes citizens to a number of issues and the latest Miami County Sheriff’s Office procedures. These classes provide citizens with an overview of the training received and functions of our office. It is not intended to train citizens to take police action or perform law enforcement duties. Classes will be provided by deputies with expertise in the related subject areas.

Some of the topics we will cover are: Sheriff’s Office duties per Ohio Revised Code, Jail Operations, Courtroom Security, LE Technology Equipment, Criminal Investigations, Crash Investigations, Patrol Operations, Evidence Processing, Project LifeSaver, Sex Offender Registration, First Aid, Crisis Intervention, School Resource Officer Operations, K9 Operations, Use of Force, Weapon Familiarization, SRT/HNT Operations.

If you have questions please contact:

Capt. Dave Norman at 440-6085 or email