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The Citizen's Academy is a 12 week program designed to provide Whatcom County residents firsthand information about how your sheriff’s office operates. As a Citizen Academy participant, you will become familiar with the Sheriff’s Office mission, values, and philosophy of policing. Participation is free. Applicants must be at least 16 years old.

We are offering a virtual Citizen's Academy in the spring of 2021. This will be held on Wednesday evenings, 6 pm - 9 pm, March 3 - May 19, 2021.

Fill out and download your application here.

For more information, please call WCSO Community Programs Coordinator Deb Slater at (360) 778-6615.

Come Learn About

  • Criminal Investigations
  • Patrol Procedures
  • K-9
  • SWAT
  • The drug and gang task force
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Crime scene investigations
  • Marine Patrol
  • Jail operations
  • and more...