The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Academy provides training for all law enforcement personnel and includes a basic sheriff’s academy, reserve academy, firearms training, and continuing education, in-service and advanced training. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Academy was certified as a law enforcement academy by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) in 1993. At that time the academy began training reserve deputies. In 1997 the Deputy Sheriff’s Academy began training deputies in full time academy classes. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Training Academy is the only APOSTC certified academy to provide specialized Deputy Sheriff's training. Deputy Sheriff’s, attending the Basic Academy, receives the 520-Hour APOSTC Minimum Standards Curriculum and a specialized Deputy Sheriff’s curriculum, which emphasizes the special responsibilities given to the Office of Sheriff by the State of Alabama. Our Reserve Academy is open to all reserve/auxiliary officers in the State of Alabama. The Reserve Academy consists of the 520 hour APOSTC curriculum and classes are held on weekends (usually every other Saturday and Sunday). It takes one year to complete this training and a recruit can only miss 24 hours of training. These courses are available to all sworn law-enforcement officers throughout the state. Courses can be designed to meet specific needs. To be eligible to attend the academy, you must be sponsored by a law enforcement agency within the state of Alabama. Not open to private citizens.