Emergency Services Citizen's Academy

About the Academy

The Portage County Sheriff’s Office, Stevens Point Police and Fire Departments, and Plover Police Department host an academy to help provide our citizens the opportunity to experience what our law enforcement officers and firefighters do every day. 

The academy consists of a basic law enforcement and fire/rescue overview with tours and explanations of our services. The participants will also have the opportunity to participate in firearms familiarization, emergency vehicle operations course, arrest tactics, among other police and fire related training. 

The class is limited to 20 persons. All applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old, and are subject to a background and criminal history check to ensure the integrity of our program.

Fall 2023 Class is currently in-session. Please check back for future opportunities to participate!

Classes are held from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Thursdays unless otherwise noted. 

The following topics are covered during the 12 sessions:

  • Introduction, Force Science and Tour of Sheriff's Office
  • Fire Service Training and Tour
  • Operating While Intoxicated (OWI)/ Traffic Contacts
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Course
  • Detective Bureau, Dispatch and Jail Presentations
  • Range Day
  • Deadly Force and Firearm Scenarios 
  • Fire Training
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) 
  • Drug Investigator, Defense and Arrest Tactics (DAAT), Pepper Spray (O.C.), Taser, and K-9 Demo
  • Tactical Training House
  1. Travis Levandowski

    Sheriff Deputy

  2. Matt McDonald

    Sheriff Deputy