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Citizen Police Academy

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The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office began the Citizen Police Academy in 2009 to increase the awareness and understanding of law enforcement's role in the community. The 12-session program is now offered annually giving an inside look at law enforcement to 25 citizens. Topics include:

  • Overview of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office
  • Sheriff's Office Road Patrol
  • Ottawa County Correctional Facility & Tour
  • Ottawa County Central Dispatch & Tour
  • Undercover Investigations & Narcotics
  • Marine Patrol & Dive Team duties
  • Sheriff's K9 Patrol duties/demo
  • Sheriff's E-Unit Duties & Demonstration
  • Criminal Scientific Support Unit & Crime Scene Investigation
  • Use of force Explanation & Demonstrations
  • Firearms, Range & Simulator
  • Sheriff's Office Special Operations
  • Criminal Justice Legal System
  • Accident & Fatal Accident Investigations
  • Community Policing

Potential candidates for the Citizen Police Academy must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Live or work in Ottawa County
  • No Misdemeanor arrests within one year of application
  • No prior felony arrests

The spring 2017 academy is full. The next available academy will be held in the spring of 2018. Sign-up to be notified of future academies. For more information on the Citizen's Police Academy and the selection process please call the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, Captain Derek Christensen (616) 738-4004.


Steve Kempker
  • Steve Kempker, Sheriff
Valerie Weiss
  • Valerie Weiss, Undersheriff


  • 12220 Fillmore Street
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Phone: (616) 738-4000
    FAX: (616) 738-4062
  • In Ottawa County:
    (888) 731-1001
  • Monday - Friday:
    8:00am - 5:00pm

County Jail

  • 12130 Fillmore Street
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Phone: (616) 786-4140
  • Monday - Friday:
    8:00am - 5:00pm

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