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The Kern County Sheriff’s Office, as part of our ongoing effort to build partnerships with our community and improve community policing efforts, will be offering a Community Academy to residents of Kern County. The goal of the Community Academy is to build a stronger relationship between the citizens of Kern County and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. This is an informational academy only and will not provide certification to work in a detention or patrol setting.

The Community Academy has been designed by Sheriff’s Office personnel to introduce members of our community to the Sheriff’s Office and the Kern County criminal justice system. The Purpose of the Community Academy is not to recruit citizens to become Sheriff Deputies.  The purpose of the Community Academy is designed to give citizens a better understanding about law enforcement and how deputy sheriffs work in the community.  The thirteen week course will cover topics such as the history of the department, what it takes to become a deputy sheriff, use of force and laws of arrest, patrol procedures, gang investigations, air support operations, narcotics investigations, jail operations, force option simulator training, and volunteer services.

The class will be taught by Sheriff’s Office personnel including deputies, detectives, sergeants and command staff. Participants will have an opportunity to ride along with a deputy sheriff on patrol and experience police work from an entirely new perspective.

The course will begin on Thursday, January 12th, 2017, and classes will be held every Wednesday evening from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm, at the Kern Regional Training Center. The only exception will be week #9, which will be held on Saturday, for a SWAT, K-9, and pistol range demonstration. Graduation from the Community Academy is scheduled for Thursday, April 6th, 2017

To qualify for the Community Academy, applicants must be a resident of Kern County or work in Kern County must pass a criminal background check, including a fingerprint check, and be at least 21 years of age or 18 years of age and currently enrolled in college courses.

If you are interested in applying for the upcoming Community Academy, please contact Deputy Steven Castillo at 661-868-1682 or by email at The deadline for applications is December 9th. Applications will be accepted after this date for future classes.   

Applications are available through this link Community Academy Application, and are also available at the Regional Training Center, located at 962 Norris Road in Bakersfield, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  All applications must be turned in at 962 Norris Road in person.  There will be no exceptions. Valid identification is required for fingerprinting.  The class is free of charge.