Citizens Academy

Next Sheriff’s Citizens Academy, begins August 8th and graduation is set for October 10

Accepting Applications Now

The Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy is designed to expose participants to many different aspects of law enforcement to include the day-to-day operation of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Participants will hear presentations from the Sheriff, Sheriff’s Detectives, Crime Scene Investigators, K-9 handlers as well as state and federal agencies. They will also tour the Sheriff’s Office, the Detention Facility, the Magistrate’s Office, and see demonstrations of the Sheriff’s K-9 teams, Firearms and the Sheriff’s Patrol and Emergency Response Team.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is now offering the Sheriff Citizen’s Academy (SCA) to members of the public.

Click here for

Sheriff’s Citizen Academy Application


Academy Objectives

  • Increase communication and build a relationship of trust and understanding between the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of our community.
  • Provide education and insight to citizens of the community concerning the job functions and duties of the sheriff’s office.
  • Create a non-threatening setting for citizens to share their concerns with Sheriff’s Office employees.
  • Fosters, over time, a growing pool of well-informed “graduates” who will share newly acquired knowledge and insight with others.


The “Sheriff’s Citizens Academy” lasts for ten (10) weeks. The classes will be at least three (3) hours per session and with classes beginning at 6:00 (pm) and ending at 9:00 (pm) nightly. The location for each class will vary depending on the course material. The Academy coordinator will provide the location for each class session.


Be 18 years of age.
Not have any prior felony convictions, or any misdemeanor convictions that question the moral character of the applicant.
Be willing to commit to attending at least one 3 hour class per week for 10 weeks.
Be able to handle graphic material


The next class is scheduled to be held;

Spring Sheriff’s Citizens Academy is currently underway, the fall Sheriff’s Citizens Academy dates will be announced. 

If you are interested in attending and can commit to attend all 10 sessions, please fill out and print the SCA Application and deliver it to:

Sheriff’s Citizens Academy Application

By Fax:
(910) 798-4212
Attn: Vikki Ulrich

By Mail:
Sheriff’s Citizens Academy
Attn: Vikki Ulrich
New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office
3950 Juvenile Center Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429

In person:
Juvenile Center Road Facility
New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office
3950 Juvenile Center Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429

Downtown / Records Section
New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office
316 Princes Street, Suite 122
Wilmington, NC 28401

You may also return your signed application to any New Hanover County Sheriff’s Deputy.

If you have any questions you can contact the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 798-4200.

Sheriff's Office: 3950 Juvenile Center Road • Castle Hayne, NC 28429 • Phone 910-798-4200 • Fax 910-798-4212