NEWS RELEASE: Inaugural Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy Begins Tuesday


October 1, 2019


Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall is scheduled to kick-off the academy and welcome 16 students who will spend six weeks learning about the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville-Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall will welcome 16 students Tuesday to its inaugural Sheriff’s Citizens’ Academy (SCA). Participants will spend the next six weeks learning about the complexities of operating jails, booking arrestees, housing inmates, and various other duties associated with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO). Graduation is scheduled for November 5 in the new Downtown Detention Center (DDC).

“It’s important our community learns more about how we operate, why we do the things we do, and better understands the challenges our staff face,” Hall said. “Our duties to this county are behind the walls of secured facilities and we are, primarily, judged by failures. I really want people to come in, see what goes on behind those walls, and appreciate how we are working every day to change lives. The day we are just warehousing people is the day I no longer want this job.”

After Hall’s 6 p.m. welcome and a quick class photo in front of the DDC, Tuesday night begins with a tour of the Hill Detention Center, 506 Second Avenue North. Participants will see the temporary booking room, property room, and inmate housing. Weeks following will include areas of the Justice A.A. Birch Building where inmates are secured near court rooms, the Correctional Development Center – Male, Maximum Correctional Center, and an inside look at DCSO’s Special Operations Response Team. Although not yet ready for official tours, the class will complete week six with a sneak peek of the DDC and the Behavioral Care Center; finally, graduating in the DDC’s fourth floor employee dining hall.

“This first class was hand-picked and we could not be more excited about their involvement,” Hall said. “We wanted a group who would give productive and serious feedback in order to improve for future classes. Our plans are to open applications next year to any Nashvillian who is interested in learning more about the DCSO.”

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