Onslow County Sheriff’s Office to host Citizens Law Enforcement Academy


The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is looking to recruit people who are interested in helping make the Jacksonville community safer. 

All it’s going to take is 30 hours of your time. Starting February 7, the Sheriff’s Office will hold their Spring Citizens Law Enforcement Academy. 

The two-month long program meets every Thursday, allowing participants to walk in the shoes of Onslow County deputies. 

“We have a block for civil process investigations, ethics and law enforcement, the detention facitlity; every task that we do we have a block here for that,” said Col. Chris Thomas, with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office.

The academy will be comprised of tours of the Sheriff’s Office, the jail, and interaction between the K-9s.

It’s an effort to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community.

Capt. Bruce Dixon said, “Just want to get to know my community better and, in turn, hope my community wants to know us a little bit better.”  

The goal is for people to get a better understanding of what policing is and see the everyday situations deputies come by. 

A criminal background check is required however if you have a current North Carolina concealed handgun permit it will be waived. 

Classes start February 7 until April 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Seats are limited.

You can contact Captain Bruce Dixon at 910-989-4007 for more information. 

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