The Sheriff's Citizens Academy (SCA) is an 11-week program for Pinellas County residents that offers an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the 15th largest Sheriff's Office in the country. Classes are held on Wednesday or Thursday nights from 6:00PM until approximately 9:00PM depending on the subject matter. The program is completely free of charge and includes a meal each class night.

Participants have the opportunity to:

  • Meet Sheriff Bob Gualtieri
  • Go behind the scenes of Patrol Operations
  • Learn the same defensive tactics taught to Pinellas County Deputies
  • Experience the Titanium Training System and decide whether to shoot or not shoot
  • See the latest in Forensics and Biometric technology
  • Train to shoot the same handguns our deputies do with your own firearms instructor
  • Check out Special Operations including the K-9 unit, SWAT team, Marine unit, and Flight unit
  • Climb behind the wheel of police cruiser to learn police driving techniques
  • Take a peek inside Investigative Operations
  • Find out what it takes to keep five Pinellas County courthouses secure
  • Tour the Pinellas County Jail - the 28th largest jail system in the country

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, live or work in Pinellas County, and be willing to undergo a criminal background check. For more information about SCA, contact the Community Programs Section at 727-582-6612 or e-mail Ready to sign up?

Download the application HERE!
Due to the popularity of the program, there is approximately a one-year waiting list. Based on your preferences for day of the week, we will get you in the first available class.

Class Number Dates Status Registration
Class 56 Wednesday - 07/11/18 through 09/19/18 Full In-progress
Class 57 Thursday - 9/27/18 through 12/13/18 Full Closed
Class 58 Wednesday - 01/09/19 through 03/20/19 Full Closed
Class 59 Thursday - 04/04/19 through 06/13/19 Full Closed
Class 60 Wednesday - 07/03/19 through 09/11/19 Scheduled Open


Sheriff's Citizens Academy Alumni Association

Graduates of the Sheriff's Citizens Academy are eligible to join the Sheriff's Citizens Academy Alumni Association. For just $25 per year, alumni association members meet on the first Monday of every month for a continuing education program from 6:00PM to 7:30PM. Topics include more in-depth presentations from around the agency, updates on agency programs, and opportunities to experience remedial hands-on training from the Sheriff's Citizens Academy.

In addition to their monthly meetings, the alumni association supports PCSO-related causes such as Pinellas Sheriff's Police Athletic League (PAL).

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