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Starts September 6, 2022

Welcome to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. We hope your citizen's academy experience is enjoyable as well as educational. Since your safety is our upmost concern, it is important to take your time in reading, understanding and completing these forms, as it will ensure your request is processed in a timely manner. If you have questions, our staff will be able to assist you. We hope your experience is rewarding with a new found respect and awareness of the professional men and women who serve your community. Our goal is for you to learn as much as you can about the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and encourage you to share this information with your friends and neighbors.


Any person approved for the citizen's academy, is required to be suitably dressed in a collared shirt, blouse or jacket and slacks and shoes. Sandals, t-shirts, tank tops, shorts or ripped or torn blue jeans will not be permitted. Hats and ball caps may be worn. The Sheriff and/or Field Supervisor may refuse the Ride Along portion of the class to anyone who is not dressed appropriately.

**Eligibility requirements - Participants in the program must be at least 18 years old.
- Must be a POLK County resident.
     - Cannot have any felony convictions.

To Apply Click the Link below and fill out form, then either email to or deliver in person to the Sheriffs'Office.
Sheriff's Citizen's Academy application

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