Montrose, COLO.—The application period is now open for the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy. The academy starts Wednesday, Oct. 7, and will continue for 12 weeks with a graduation ceremony on Jan. 7, 2021.   

 “The academy offers an inside look into the world of law enforcement and the hard work that deputies and staff perform every day while serving and protecting our community,” said Sergeant Steve Gustin.  “Participants will gain knowledge of procedures, policies, and information on supporting agencies including both dispatch and the posse.”

 The classes will be held for 12 weeks, every Wednesday, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Training will take place at the MCSO—1200 North Grand Avenue—in the conference room.

 Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to attend.  The comprehensive instruction will cover a wide variety of law enforcement issues each week including the following: Sheriff’s Posse, Traffic Stops, DUI Investigation, Response to Resistance, Investigations, Crime Scene and Evidence Collection, Less Lethal, Records & Civil Process, Reception, Victim Services, Procurement, Peer Support, Drug Investigations, Recruitment and Hiring, Field Training Program, K9, SWAT, WestCo Dispatch, and Detentions.   

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, class size is limited and applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early.  Applications are available online at or in person at the MCSO (1200 North Grand) during regular business hours.  For more information, please contact Sergeant Gustin at 970-252-4023 or

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