CCSO to host 1-day Citizens’ Academy April 6

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CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) will host the next class of its popular Citizen’s Academy on April 6, with firearm training on April 13. 

Sheriff Matt Gentry said one of his visions when he took office in January 2015 was to provide the people of Cullman County with a Citizens’ Academy.

“The initial purpose of this academy was to provide our citizens with an understanding of the importance of leadership, honor and courage,” Gentry said. “Together, these three form the keystone of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office. By bringing the citizens from the community behind the curtain of the sheriff’s office, they are given a unique look into law enforcement.” 

Gentry said participants will experience various speakers and demonstrations detailing the day-to-day operations of the CCSO.

“They will experience the many facets of the sheriff’s office that must work together in order to keep the citizens of Cullman County safe,” Gentry said. “They will also be given hand-on experience through scenario-based role play, allowing them to see the potential pitfalls of the job.”

This session of the academy has been condensed into one full day on Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Some of the elements participants can expect to experience: a tour of the sheriff’s office and the Cullman County Detention Center,  K-9 demonstration, patrol and investigation overviews, mock call and traffic stop scenarios and insights from the Cullman County District Attorney’s Office. There will also be hands-on firearm training and an opportunity to ride along with a patrol deputy.

The firearm training portion will take place on April 13at the CCSO firing range.

Gentry said, “The office of the sheriff does not belong to me. It belongs to the citizens of Cullman County. It takes the community working together to keep Cullman County the special place it is. The Cullman County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy is another way we can work together to make sure it stays that way.”

Space is limited to 50 participants. To sign up, visit the CCSO or email Lt. Chad Whaley at

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