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Dane County Sheriff's Office

The Sheriff's Office is not currently operating the Citizen's Academy. We hope to resume operations soon. 


Citizen Academy

The Dane County Sheriff's Office offers an annual Citizen's Academy to anyone 18 years or older, living or working in Dane County.

The Citizen's Academy offers community members an inside look at the Dane County Sheriff's Office. The application process is announced in June of each year, and 15-20 applicants are chosen after a basic background check has been completed. The class meets one evening per week for 11 weeks at various locations around Dane County.

Participants get a hands-on introduction to the four divisions of the Sheriff's Office. The program includes a tour of the Dane County Jail, the Dane County Courthouse, firearms education at the Law Enforcement Training Center's shooting range, a ride-along with the Lakes Patrol Deputies, and more.

Get your application in now, space is limited!

Citizens Academy Application


To learn more about law enforcement's role in Dane County through education and participation, contact Public Information Officer Elise Schaffer at (608) 284-6142 or In the past, we have met on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.