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Chaffee County Citizen’s Academy 2019




Salida, Colorado



For release Friday March 7, 2019

Sheriff announces Citizen Police Academy


The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office today announced the annual Citizen Police Academy, a program that gives citizens an opportunity to learn about the operation of the sheriff’s office and to educate the public in ways in which it can become working partners with the sheriff’s office and its employees.

Academy classes will be held on seven consecutive Tuesday evenings for two hours, six to eight PM, in the sheriff’s office conference room in Salida with one Tuesday evening at the North Search and Rescue Building in Buena Vista. The first class is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26th with a graduation luncheon planned for Friday, May 10th.  Two three-hour Saturday sessions are planned, one at a local firearms range where students will participate in hands-on firearms practice; and a second during which students will learn about evidence collection and participate in a mock crime scene scenario.

There is no cost to those participating in the academy. Attendance is limited to fifteen persons.  Applicants must be 21 years or older, residents of Chaffee County, and free of any criminal record.

Applications are available from the sheriff’s records office, 641 West 3rd Street, Salida; or by mail by phoning 719-539-2814.  An application may also be downloaded and printed from the sheriff’s office website or lick the link below:

Click below for application:


Completed applications must be returned to the records office in person or by mail by                         Monday, March 20th, 2019.

I want to take this opportunity and personally invite all county residents who are interested in your local enforcement personnel and operations. Our citizens academy is taught by my staff. It is a one on one atmosphere and it truly gives you a honest and fair insight into my personnel and the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office.

Thank You

John A. Spezze

Chaffee County Sheriff