Weekly Meetings

The Citizen's Academy is free of charge and meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. There is limited seating and pre-registration is required. Anyone interested in attending can register by calling our Community Affairs Unit at (772) 978-6296. Most nights we will meet in the Sheriff's Office Auditorium at 4055 41st Avenue, in Vero Beach.

The Citizen’s Academy is an eleven week program that provides the public with an overview of the criminal justice system. It offers the community a better understanding of how law enforcement and the public can work together to prevent crime and provide the best service possible.

The Citizen’s Academy is an educational and informative program that allows citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues that affect law enforcement efforts in Indian River County. The goal of the academy is to provide a greater perspective, respect and appreciation for the challenges and decisions law enforcement officers face daily in safeguarding our community.

Those who participate in our Citizen’s Academy will attend dynamic sessions with instruction by court judges, state attorneys, public defenders, as well as members from all divisions within the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. Students will tour the courthouse, the jail, the 911 center and the Special Operations section. Some of the favorite sessions include a K-9 demonstration and a drug awareness video.