BARRON COUNTY -- The Barron County Sheriff's Office has announced the spring dates and times for their Citizen Law Enforcement Academy for citizens, according to a press release from the Barron County Sheriff's Office.

Press Release

The Citizen Law Enforcement Academy is a program designed to give citizens insight into law enforcement and the Barron County Sheriff’s Department. This program is offered free of charge. It will be held in the spring and fall. The program will be held on five Wednesday evenings, every other week, beginning on March 8, 2023, from 6 pm until roughly 8 pm.

Topics covered during the academy will include, but not be limited to:

  • Sheriff’s Department overview, including tours of the jail and dispatch center and court system;
  • Patrol Functions, including body camera demonstration (what actually happens vs. what the camera captures);
  • Police canine demonstration;
  • Drug presentation;
  • Crime Scene Investigation;
  • Use of Force Continuum / Shoot – don’t shoot scenarios;
  • Emergency Response Team including Armored Vehicle, tactical gear, robot, drone, and thermal capabilities demonstrations;
  • Court System presented by a judge;

The dates of the Spring 2023 class will be March 8, March 22, April 5, April 19, and May 3. The location of classes will be at the Barron County Justice Center. Please note that dates/times may change depending on the subject, equipment availability, or emergency situations.

To attend the Citizen Law Enforcement Academy you must pass a background check. Individuals with felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions within the past 5 years will not be accepted.

If you have any questions or are interested in attending the program, please complete an application that can be found on the Sheriff’s Department website under the Information Tab at (or click here to download the PDF), or contact Sheriff’s Chris Fitzgerald via phone at (715) 637-6737 or email at, or Captain Jason Hagen via phone at (715) 637-6870 or email at

Return the Completed application to them at the address listed below or by email.

  • Barron County Justice Center Room 1200
  • 1420 State Highway 25 North
  • Barron, Wisconsin 54812-3007

Last Update: Jan 21, 2023 1:30 pm CST

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