Sheriff's Office

Citizen Police Academy

The 2023 Citizen Police Academy is full.

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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 9-session program is now offered annually giving an inside look at law enforcement to 25 citizens. Topics include:

Shooting Techniques
K9 Unit
Investigation Techniques
  • 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

For more information on the Citizen's Police Academy and the selection process please contact Sgt. Ryan DeVries at (616) 738-4038.

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