Citizens Academy

YCSO’s 2019 Annual Citizens’ Academy is now accepting applications! 

The 2019 Academy will begin on Thursday, April 18, 2019, and will run for nine (9) weeks. There will be one optional Saturday session as well. Each session will be on Thursday evenings from 6 pm – 9 pm and will be held at the Sheriff’s Office in McMinnville. As a reminder, if you wish to be eligible to serve on the Sheriff’s Citizens Advisory Board, you must complete the Citizens’ Academy. Applications are due Friday, April 5, 2019.


The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office invites you to participate in our 2019 Citizens’ Academy! We believe it is an important part of our mission to provide citizens with information about our cooperative partnerships within our community and how we approach our commitment to problem-oriented policing. It is our intention to provide our citizens with a comprehensive program that can assist with promoting understanding between the community we serve and our office through education and interaction. The Citizens’ Academy serves as an opportunity to meet Sheriff’s Office employees and to better understand the role we play in the Yamhill County community.

The Citizens' Academy

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office offers a nine-week Citizens' Academy open to any qualified and interested Yamhill County citizen. The 2019 Citizens' Academy will be held weekly over the course of nine weeks beginning the week of April 15, 2019. The class, which will be held at the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office in McMinnville, will run from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm each week. Each session will cover different topics and information, which will include:

  • Overview of Sheriff's Office
  • Jail Programs, including a Jail Tour
  • Deputy Selection and Training
  • Patrol Procedures and Equipment, including Traffic Enforcement and Search and Seizure
  • Criminal Law and Court Procedures
  • Narcotics Investigations, including a K-9 demonstration
  • Criminal Investigations and Crime Scene Processing
  • Officer Safety and Defensive Tactics
  • The Pain Behind The Badge documentary film viewing and discussion
  • TASER Presentation 
  • Multiple Interactive Learning Objectives (MILO) Interactive Training Simulator optional session
  • Volunteer Programs

Instructors during the course will include deputies, supervisors, and members of the Sheriff's Office Command Team, who will explain and demonstrate the duties of their positions. We encourage questions and comments throughout the course.

Who is eligible to attend?

Due to the topics covered and the limited instructional space, the following eligibility requirements apply:

  • You must be 15 years of age at the start of the academy (April 18, 2019). Individuals 15 - 17 years old must have parent's permission to participate.
  • You must be able to commit to attending all scheduled sessions.
  • You must complete an application and pass a criminal background check.
  • Preference will be given to those who live or work in Yamhill County.

Citizens' Advisory Board

If you are interested in serving on the Citizens' Advisory Board, please be sure to complete the third page of the application form - Citizens' Advisory Board Submission of Interest - in it's entirety. Those who serve on the Board must attend all nine sessions of the 2019 Citizens' Academy as part of their service on the Board. More information about the Citizens' Advisory Board can be found here.

Sounds great! How do I apply?

Applications, available here, must be received by Friday, April 5, 2019, in order to participate. Applications may be dropped off at our office or mailed to:

YCSO Citizens’ Academy
535 NE 5th Street, Room 143
McMinnville, OR 97128

Please note the application requires a notary; notary services for the application are available at the Sheriff's Office for no charge. Once your application has been processed, you will be notified if you have been selected to participate. 

Wait! I still have questions!

Still have questions not covered here? Please contact Emily Williams at or 503/474-6289.

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