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2020 Citizens' Academy Cancelled

It is with regret that Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office announces the cancellation of the 2020 Citizens’ Academy. But we plan to be back in Spring 2021, so keep an eye on this page!


Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office invites you to participate in our 2020 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

Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office offers a nine-week Citizens' Academy open to any qualified and interested Yamhill County citizen. The Citizens' Academy will be held weekly over the course of nine weeks. 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. 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 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?

We will begin accepting applications once a date has been determined. 

Wait! I still have questions!

Still have questions not covered here? Please contact Emily Williams at williamse@co.yamhill.or.us or 503/474-6289.

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