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Citizens Academy

Our Community Outreach Unit is excited to host the 36th Citizens Academy this Spring. 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 12-week program | March 2 - May 25

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 approximately 18 hours of 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 misdmeanor 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 10-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?

There are only 20 slots available, on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will close registration when all 20 slots have been fulfilled. 

For more information, please contact TCSO Community Outreach at:

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