Clay County Sheriff

CLAY COUNTY — Clay County Sheriff’s Office’s Citizens Academy is returning this spring. The academy provides information about the daily operation of the Sheriff’s Office and increases rapport with the public to better inform or dispel any misinformation through an educational process, according to a press release.

The 2020 academy course is a nine-week, 30-hour program that meets from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday nights at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, 12 S. Water St.

The academy will run from March 3 through May 12. This program allows deputies and Clay County citizens to interact and exchange ideas about making the community safer.

Topics that are taught include: patrol tactics, investigations, traffic enforcement, K-9 units, crisis intervention, self defense, detention operations, emergency management and communications.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 10. Applications can be dropped off at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, 12 S. Water St. in Liberty, or mailed to the Sheriff’s Office to the attention of deputy Jon Bazzano.

Applicants will be notified in writing within two weeks of the academy’s start. Class size is limited to 20 participants and is restricted to Clay County residents or those who own a business in Clay County.

Applications are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, in the Sheriff’s Office lobby, or can be downloaded online at

Completion of this program does not certify a citizen as a deputy sheriff or reserve deputy.

Participants must be at least 17 years of age.

For additional information, contact Bazzano at 407-3732 or