Sheriff's Citizens Academy

The Sheriff's Citizens Academy (SCA) was initiated by Sheriff Glenn Boyer to allow the citizens of Jefferson County to gain some insight and create a better understanding between the citizens and the Sheriff's Office.  Each graduating class produces a growing number of citizens with first hand knowledge of the practices and procedures of the Sheriff's Office.  All Law Enforcement topics are addressed in the classes but they are not meant to train the citizens to become police officers.
The classes create an awareness of all the criminal activity that the department deals with. They also demonstrate to the citizen what it takes to keep them safe in their homes and businesses as well as on the highways.

Each class is a cross section of citizens from all over the county.  Men and Women of all ages and all occupations, as well as retired persons.

The first class completed the course on November 17, 1998 and consisted of 22 citizens.  The classes are kept small so that each individual can have the opportunity to interact with the officers and have more input into the program.

There have now been Thirty-two classes that have completed the course.  Each class lasts twelve weeks, one night a week for three hours. In order to receive a certificate, students must attend at least ten of the twelve classes.   In addition, to the thirty six hours of instruction, students are given the opportunity to ride along with a patrol officer for four hours.  This enables them to observe first hand, what an officer deals with on the street.

Our next class begins August 16, 2016 through November 1, 2016.  ENROLL NOW.

To download an application click here.  Academy Application   

Completed application should be mailed to: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Attn: Tanya Bergner
P.O. Box 100
Hillsboro, MO 63050

If you have questions about the Sheriff's Citizens Academy or if you would like an application mailed to you please contact Tanya Bergner at (636)797-5028 or e-mail her at

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As a result of the Sheriff's Citizens Academy Class, a group of graduates formed a volunteer organization.  The organization is called the Sheriff's Alumni Volunteer Echelon (S.A.V.E.).  The group meets once a month at the Sheriff's Office.  To be a member, you must successfully complete the Sheriff's Citizens Academy, pay dues of twelve dollars per year, and maintain a clean record. The purpose of S.A.V.E. is to perform volunteer work for the Sheriff's Office and the citizen's of Jefferson County.

The S.A.V.E. organization currently has sixty one members.  Click here to visit the S.A.V.E. Web Site

Some of the functions volunteers have been involved in:

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At fairs, school functions, and community events. The fingerprints are given to the parents to keep in case of a lost child or some unfortunate tragedy.

Role Playing

Volunteers have assisted by playing various roles for hostage negotiation training of Officers.

Call Backs

Contacting crime victims by telephone for any updated information they may have about the crime committed against them.

These are just a few of the functions performed by the S.A.V.E. organization.  The main purpose is to enable the Sheriff's Office to expand their services to the community, by providing extra resources at no cost to the department.

Graduates of the Citizens Academy interested in joining the Sheriff's Alumni Volunteer Echelon (S.A.V.E.) should contact Gerald Jung at (636) 586-4476


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