The Sheriff’s Training Academy is the only law enforcement academy in the state where the training curriculum is specifically developed for the unique duties and responsibilities of deputy sheriffs. This allows for the teaching of departmental specific topics.

Deputy Chief Charles Buchannon is the Division Commander. Tommie Black is the Assistant Director of the Academy.  Sergeants Bill Powell and Terrill Hogeland, Corporals Don Marcrum and Tim Pugh, Administrative Clerks Janet Mitchell, and Danyelle Hinton are on the Academy staff.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Training Academy is unique among the state’s training facilities. It is the only Academy offering specialized curriculum addressing those duties and responsibilities designated especially to sheriffs through Alabama’s Constitution. The Sheriff’s Academy is certified through Alabama’s Police Officers Standards and Training to provide standardized basic recruit training. Subsequent to receiving standard, state-mandated training, recruits at the Sheriff’s Academy study concepts and principles of court security, service of civil processes, correctional management, and legal issues, policies, and procedures of election management.

Through the Sheriff’s Training Academy experts from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies provide extraordinary insight and knowledge of complex issues of the criminal justice practitioner.