The purpose of the Community Academy is to increase understanding between the department and the citizens of Pierce County through education. Citizen participants will become familiar with the various facets of the Sheriff's Department, law enforcement's role in the criminal justice system, and the daily tasks of law enforcement officers. With increased understanding, Pierce County citizens and law enforcement together can achieve realistic solutions to neighborhood problems relating to crime, fear of crime, and neighborhood decay.
Participation requires a commitment of one evening per week for 13 weeks. Each class lasts an average of 2-1/2 hours.