Chautauqua County Sheriff's Academy

The Training Division is responsible for conducting the annual Basic Course for Police Officers for any police officer within the Zone 13 training region. This includes but is not limited to all of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany Counties. In addition we offer advanced courses to police officers who are currently on the job and aspiring to better their careers. The training division conducts all in-service training for the members of the Chautauqua County Office of the Sheriff as well as the Chautauqua Police Department and the Westfield Police Departments. The director serves as the department accreditation program manager and maintains the files which contain documentation necessary to certify our agency as accredited by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Training Division serves as the liaison between Jamestown Community College, the Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Services.  


Since 1978 the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy, in partnership with JCC, has offered a unique program to those interested in careers as police officers. The training program provides successful graduates with 45 college credits and a certificate of completion from the New York State Certified Basic Police Training Course, which is a legal requirement for municipal police officers in New York state.


One of the benefits of this program is that most police agencies in New York state or any state honoring New York State Certified Basic Training Courses, may employ a graduate of the Sheriff’s Academy program and be able to put their new employee to work immediately with little additional local training.

The fall Basic Police Academy begins in August each year on the Jamestown Campus. This full-time (35 hours per week, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) training experience continues until mid-March, followed by 160 hours of field training. Graduation generally occurs in June.


The program is operated in a two-semester system. Upon completion of 45 college credits, a student will earn a certificate in law enforcement technology from JCC. All credits earned in the certificate can be applied toward the A.A.S.-Individual Studies

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Academy Director

Lt. Kirk Lyon

After graduating from Jamestown Community College, I joined the military and was on active duty for two years before being accepted into the Sheriff’s Academy in 2001. I was discharged from active duty and stayed in the reserves for six more years. I have been employed as a deputy sheriff with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office since March 2002. While employed there, I spent over a decade working road patrol. During that time I also did a tour of duty in Iraq in 2004 and 2005 as a reservist. I have been a member of the county’s multi-jurisdictional SWAT team since 2005 and have been a state certified instructor at the Sheriff’s Academy since 2007. Before becoming the director of the Sheriff’s Academy, I was a firearms instructor, a defensive tactics instructor, and assisted with the Emergency Vehicle Operations program at the academy.In 2013 I was promoted to the rank of sergeant and appointed as the training director for the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. As director, I maintain all in-service training for sheriff’s deputies and run the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy located on the Jamestown Campus.

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