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Citizens Academy

Our Community Outreach Unit is excited to host the 37th Citizens Academy in the Spring of 2024. The academy provides citizens valuable insights on the criminal justice process and the how’s and why’s of TCSO operations and services. We believe the education and dialogue the academy offers will further our efforts in improving community relations and the quality of life for Travis County residents.

The Citizens Academy is a 13-week program | March 21 - June 13, 2024

Citizens will meet every Thursday from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the TCSO Central Command located at 5555 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751.

Citizens receive classroom instruction by corrections officers, law enforcement deputies, civilians, and supervisors who work in each division within the department. The weekly sessions are not intended to train participants to be officers, but to help develop a citizenry with TCSO.

Citizens Academy Goals

  • Provide information on TCSO operations, services, specialized units, procedures and protocol.
  • Enhance the partnership between TCSO and the community in order to establish a safer community.
  • Encourage the community to proactively help prevent crime and strengthen law enforcement and community relations.

Who Is Eligible to Attend?

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Travis County resident
  • No prior felony convictions
  • No serious misdemeanor arrests within one year of application

Note: TCSO will run a background check on all applicants.

Due to limited space, participants must be able to commit to attending each week within the 13-week program. Students cannot select certain classes in the program to attend. In addition, due to the quick pace of the classes, they will begin promptly at 7:00 pm each night.

How Do I Apply?

In order to complete the required background check, you will be required to bring ORIGINAL documentation/certified copies of the following to TCSO Human Resources located at 5555 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX 78751 front desk by March 7, 2024: 

  • Valid Driver's License or an Identification Card (displaying current address) 
  • Social Security Card (laminated cards are NOT accepted)
  • When you bring these items into our office, our staff will provide you with a Personal Inquiry Waiver to sign, and they will notarize, to allow us to run the background check.

Registration will close when we reach our maximum of 20 applicants and/or two weeks prior to the beginning of class on March 21st.

For more information, please contact TCSO Community Outreach at:

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