Due to COVID-19 concerns, our Citizens Academy classes in October/November 2020 have been temporarily placed on hold. We look forward to seeing students for our spring 2021 session. For more information, call 985.359.8685.

Community involvement plays a crucial role in fighting crime and developing relationships between citizens and law enforcement. To strengthen partnerships between the community and the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Mike Tregre hosts the annual Citizens Academy. This FREE program provides participants with an insider’s view of the operations of the Sheriff’s Office in a relaxed and interactive setting.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old and live or work in St. John the Baptist Parish. 

The class will adhere to social distancing. Masks are required. Students must sign a COVID-19 waiver.


In our Citizens Academy, you will learn about the following:

  • 911 and Community/Public Relations
  • Uniform Patrol Division Training 
  • K-9
  • Traffic Division
  • Reserve Division
  • Criminal Investigations Division
  • Narcotics/Special Operations Division
  • Crisis Management Unit
  • Fleet Management
  • Information Technology / Records
  • Internal Affairs & Polygraphy
  • Corrections & Correctional Facility
  • Sex Offender Registry
  • Crime Scene Investigations
  • Training Division & Firearm Simulator
  • Human Resources & Administrative Services


Complete and return the application

Once completed, return in person or by mail to:

Return in Person to:
 Bernell Charles, Sr.
Percy Hebert Building
1801 W. Airline Hwy.
LaPlace, LA  70068

Mail to:
 Bernell Charles, Sr.
St John Sheriff’s Office
PO Box 1600
LaPlace, LA  70068

Background check is required, and applicants must pledge to attend all classes.

Participants will be notified on acceptance into the academy.

For more information call: (985) 359-8685