Citizens Academy


To increase public understanding of the operations of the Clay County Sheriff's Office, thereby creating ambassadors for the agency in the community. 


The Clay County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy offers a behind-the-scenes look into the daily operation of the Sheriff’s Office. This free program aims to increase rapport with the public through education, thereby dispelling misinformation and giving participants a greater understanding of why we do what we do.  

The course is a nine-week, 30-hour program and meets on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. There are typically sessions in the spring and fall.

This program allows Sheriff’s Deputies and Clay County residents to interact and exchange ideas about making our community safer.


Topics Covered

K-9 Unit
Patrol Tactics
911 Communications
Crisis Intervention
Detention Operations
Lake Patrol
Drone Operations
Use of Force
Traffic Safety/DUI
Special Tactics and Response (STAR) Team
Emergency Management
Criminal Investigations
Sex Offender Registration and Enforcement
Prosecution and more

How to Apply

Participants must be at least 17 years of age and live or work in Clay County. Applicants are subject to a criminal records check. Citizens Academy participants should not cause disruption in their communities so they may serve as positive ambassadors for the Sheriff's Office upon completion of the program. Class size is limited to 20 participants. Applicants will be notified in writing once accepted into the program within two weeks of the start date.

Applications also are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office lobby, 12 S. Water St., Liberty, MO 64068.

Completion of this program DOES NOT certify a citizen as a Deputy Sheriff or a Reserve Deputy. 

Apply here.