Citizens' Academy
Sample Schedule

Week 1:

Welcome to the Class-6:00-6:20 
Community Action Team-6:25 7:00 
Code Enforcement 7:00 to 8:00

Week 2:

Regional Captains-6:00-7:00
Public of Information (PIO)- 7:20-8:00

Week 3:

Internal Affairs- 6:15-6:45
Fugitive Task Force- 6:45-7:15
Criminal Investigations (CID) – 7:15- 8:00

 Week 4:

Building Entry/ Active Shooter  6:15 to 8:00pm

Week 5:

K-9 Unit- 6:15-8:00pm

 Week 6:

Gang Unit – 6:15-7p
Ready Program – 7:15- 8p

Week 7:

Homeland Security- 6:15-6:45
Narcotics Unit- 6:45-7:15
Aviation Unit- 7:15-8:00

Week 8:

Use of Force- 6:15-6:45
Shoot/Don’t Shoot Simulation- 7:00-8:00

Week 9:

Underwater Recovery Unit- 6:15-6:30
Forensics/Crime Scene- 6:30-8:00

Week 10:

Bomb Squad- 6:15-7:00
Special Response Team (SRT)- 7:00-8:00

Graduation will be at the Denny Terrace Community Center. 6429 Bishop Ave, Columbia, SC 29203

Guests arrive 6:00-6:15pm
Dinner is Served 6:15-6:45pm
Ceremony 6:45-7:15pm
7:30pm-11pm- Ride Along with the CAT team

  • Please bring Paper/Pen/Pencils for class so you can write any information you wish to keep.
  • Please dress appropriately. Dress is casual. If we have an **outside** class, please make sure to bring jackets, gloves, rain jackets etc for those classes. Appropriate shoes also.
  • No weapons may be brought to any classes. Please keep secured in your locked vehicles. No weapons are allowed for the ride-a-long.
  • Please put your phones on vibrate during classes. If you need to take a call, please step out of class to do so.

Quick Links:

Richland County's Wanted

Unsolved Homicides

Missing Persons

Missing Juveniles 

Online Incident Reporting

Incident Report Request

Telephone Reporting System

Community Satisfaction Survey

Commend an Officer

Officer Complaints

Homeland Security

SC Sex Offender Registry

Citizen's Academy Alumni Association

Contact Information:


Corporal Raul Ortiz  
Phone 803 518 1442
Email :


5623 Two Notch Road 
Columbia, South Carolina 29223 
(803) 576-3000 phone (803) 576-3195 fax

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