Citizens' Police Academy

– Due to budget constraints, the Citizens’ Police Academy has been suspended. We hope to restart the program in the near future –

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith has instituted the Sheriff’s Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy. This academy is held bi-annually, with its classes meeting once a week for ten weeks, usually at the Putnam County Bureau of Emergency Services Building in Carmel. Each class contains a three-hour block of instruction.

Participants in the Citizens’ Police Academy receive instruction in various law enforcement topics. Academy instructors offer lectures and provide demonstrations on a broad range of topics, including police procedures, investigations, forensics, corrections and civil processes.

“The goal of the Citizens’ Police Academy is to educate and raise civic awareness and functions of law enforcement in general and the workings of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in particular,” said Sheriff Smith. “Informing citizens about public safety and law enforcement issues builds closer bonds between citizens and police and those bonds strengthen a community,” he said.

Sheriff Smith said that each academy session is limited to approximately 30 participants citing space limitations and other logistical factors.

Persons interested in finding out more information about the academy or who wish to apply is asked to contact Captain Thomas Velotti at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office by calling (845) 225-4300 X42207.