The Dade County Sheriff’s Office will continue conducting the Sheriff’s Citizens Academy. The course is comprised of thirteen sessions covering topics including the jail, school resource officers, road patrols, investigations, court services, firearm safety, Special Operations Response Team, the Drug Task Force, Choosing Healthy Activities & Methods Promoting Safety (C.H.A.M.P.S.), Neighborhood Watch and more.


Participants in the class will receive a thorough education on emergency services available within the community, will participate in discussions and receive answers to any questions they may have. The Dade County Sheriff’s Office welcomes the community’s involvement and the opportunity to educate citizens on the many ways our community emergency services work and to better prepare them for handling any emergencies which may arise in the future.


If you have questions regarding the Sheriff’s Citizens Academy, please feel free to contact us at  (706) 657-3233.



Sheriff Ray Cross would like to thank each person that attended the 4th Annual Citizen’s Academy. This year’s class was a huge success with 28 citizens attending.  The students experienced everything from what officers are taught in the Police Academy to how our Jail operates on a daily basis.  The feed-back from the participates was very positive and many stated they had no idea what our officers face every day.  Sheriff Cross is looking forward to the next Citizen’s Academy which will be held in 2017.  It is a 10 week academy with 3 bonus classes.  The classes are every Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Please make plans to join us for our 5th Annual DCSO Citizen’s Academy and learn for yourself what law enforcement in Dade County is all about.