Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy

A hands on learning experience designed to give you, the citizen, a better understanding of the role and function the Platte County Sheriff’s Office plays in our community.


The Sheriff’s Citizen Academy, or SCA, initiated by Sheriff Mark Owen, is a free nine week course that gives citizens an in-depth look into the career of law enforcement professionals at the Sheriff’s Office. Citizens will be instructed by deputies on the subjects of Administration, Investigation, Patrol, Emergency Services, and Detention.

Courses are held on Wednesday nights from 6:30 P.M. until approximately 9:30 P.M. Each week a new topic will be introduced and discussed. Accepted applicants will have the opportunity to ride along with a patrol deputy as well as work with detention officers and communications officers.

Participants must at least 18 year old, have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions, and must be a resident or business owner in Platte County.

Each Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy is limited to 20 persons.

The Sheriff has announced that the fall 2017 class will start on September 13th, 2017. Click here to download the application. Once downloaded, fill it out and return it by mail, fax, or in person.

Applications may be mailed to:

Platte County Sheriff’s Office
Attn: Sergeant Shanks
415 Third Street, Suite 10
Platte City, MO 64079

Further information may be attained by contacting Sergeant Shanks at 816-858-2424 during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.