General Contact Number: (530) 621-5567


Citizens Academy

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Academy is one of the most valuable programs that is offered to this community.  This Academy will familiarize El Dorado County residents with the many aspects of law enforcement and the role that the Sheriff’s Office plays within the community.  It puts the participants behind the scenes, and gives them hands-on experiences that engage and educate. This program has been very well received and enjoyed by all who have participated in the past.

The Sheriff’s Office has instituted the concepts of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS). The goal of the COPPS program is to open a positive line of communication with our citizens and to involve the community in some of the decisions regarding law enforcement. 

This very popular and unforgettable program runs 16 consecutive weeks, twice a year, and covers many diverse topics.  The weekly classroom setting builds momentum and becomes more intriguing as the participants meet the various instructors and eventually end with an opportunity to play the role of these everyday heroes.  A bonus of this program includes an opportunity to take a ride-a-long with a Deputy and an in depth tour of both the Sheriff’s Office and the Placerville Correctional facility.

The Citizens Academy is limited on participants each Spring/Fall session and is free of charge to El Dorado County residents. 

The Fall Citizens Academy graduates November 2022 but the Spring Academy is just around the corner, starting March 2023!! Don't wait to get enrolled in this very rewarding and valuable program where once a week for 16 weeks you get to experience what it's like to walk in the shoes of a deputy sheriff!! THIS IS A MUST FOR EVERY CITIZEN OF EL DORADO COUNTY!! Class fills up fast so enroll today by filling out the application below.

Citizens Academy Application

If you have questions about participation, please feel free to contact the program coordinator:

Detective Sean Fitzgerald at (530) 621-5714 or Email: