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Citizens’ Academy


The Marion County Sheriff’s Citizens Academy and Partnership (CAP) program, a free 12-week educational course about the operations of the Sheriff’s Office, is accepting applications for the summer course. The class will be offered at two locations.


  • The Marion County Sheriff’s Office will host a Tuesday evening class from 6-8:30 p.m. beginning May 5, 2015. The class will be held at MCSO Central Operations, 3300 NW 10 Street, Ocala in the Multipurpose Conference Room. To register for this class, email Jenifer Lowe at JLowe@marionso.comor call 352-368-3598.


  • On Top of the World will host a class on Thursday mornings from 9-11:30 a.m. beginning May 7, 2015 at its Master the Possibilities learning center. Registration for the OTOW class is open to the public but must be done through Master the Possibilities by calling 352-854-3699 or online at


All students must complete the application form found on


During the program, MCSO staff will highlight all units within the Sheriff’s Office, giving citizens an in-depth understanding of what the agency is doing for the community. Each week will focus on a different aspect of the agency, personnel, equipment, policies, procedures and overall function. Students will have an opportunity to view specialty unit equipment, hear from experts in the field of law enforcement, investigations, corrections and prosecution. After graduation, students will be offered an exclusive chance to obtain their concealed weapons license through a firearms safety course instructed by Sheriff Chris Blair.


Marion County Sheriff’s Office Firearms Safety Course