Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office Career Academy

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office’s annual Career Academy is underway this week. This is the 16th year for the Career Academy.

The VCSO Career Academy was developed in 1999 by Sheriff Brad Ellsworth, as a way to prepare high school juniors and seniors who are interested in a career in policing, and, in particular, a career with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, to the challenges, rewards and expectations of being a law enforcement officer.

This year, 13 students are learning about such subjects as:

  • Respect for the law and our citizens
  • The history of the county sheriff
  • The mission of policing in America
  • Ethical conduct
  • Information Technology in policing
  • Traffic crash investigations
  • Crime scene processing and evidence collection
  • The function of patrol, police canines and investigations
  • Nutrition and fitness
  • Safe vehicle operations
  • Field scenarios

Sheriff Dave Wedding said, “many of the over 300 students who have attended the Career Academy the past 16 years have gone on to very successful careers in law enforcement.” Nine former students are currently employed by the VCSO, two of which, Deputy Brandon Taylor and Sergeant Matt Corn, were among the first students to attend.

The Career Academy winds down this Friday with the presentation of certificates and a luncheon.