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Sheriff's Training Academy for Residents (S.T.A.R.) Program Now Accepting Applications

Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson has announced official dates for the new Sheriff’s Training Academy for Residents (S.T.A.R.) Program. The STAR Program is a 7-class, interactive program designed for citizens throughout Chatham County to learn more about the daily functions of the Sheriff’s Office. Participants will enjoy hands-on activities and relationship-building opportunities throughout the program.

Each Monday from November 6 to December 18, STAR Program participants will meet in Pittsboro for classes from 6-9PM. Orientation will be held on November 6 at the Chatham County Justice Center located at 40 E Chatham Street, Pittsboro. A graduation ceremony will be held the final night of class, Thursday, December 21. (Note: There will be NO CLASS during the week of Thanksgiving!)

“The STAR Program is a great way to meet and connect with Chatham County Sheriff’s Office command staff, unit supervisors, and fellow residents. It is also a window to learn more about the programs and services provided to citizens by the Sheriff’s Office,” says Sheriff Mike Roberson. “Participants will have the opportunity to ride along with a deputy, ask questions, explore law enforcement topics, and gain valuable experience. They will receive behind-the-scenes facility tours as well as practice crime scene processing and scenario-based training exercises in a safe, supportive environment.”

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, consent to a criminal background check, and be in reasonably good health to take the optional walking tours. Interested individuals may pick up applications at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office during regular business hours or email to receive an electronic version. Downloadable forms are also available online at and

Each class will consist of no more than 25 participants, so completed applications must be submitted as soon as possible. All applications will undergo a brief screening process and any application received beyond maximum capacity will be added to a waiting list.

“We are looking forward to working closely with residents during this training program,” adds Sheriff Roberson. “I expect everyone involved to thoroughly enjoy this informative, interactive experience.”

 *Important: Fall 2017 STAR class has reached capacity. Future applications will be held for Spring 2018 class.*

Download a blank application HERE.

Download a program brochure HERE.



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