Sheriff asking for help with role playing

Written by Sheriff Jeff Schrader on .

A glimpse into our academy's playbook will reveal the most critical piece of its success - role players. We've used role playing for many years, there is no doubt that it is an effective teaching strategy. Scenario based training allows recruits to make mistakes and explore options and solutions in a non-threatening environment. And besides, it's fun for both the trainee and role player.

Beginning this summer, I am venturing to offer up the role playing opportunity to our citizens as a way to make a difference in your Sheriff's Office. Academy role players will be used to portray bank robbers, terrorists, crime victims, and witnesses. In varied scenarios they may carry weapons (simulated), engage in shout-outs with trainees and should be prepared to act in these types of scenarios:

  • Traffic stops
  • Domestic violence
  • Officer safety
  • Report writing
  • Suspect interview
  • Victim response
  • Active shooter
  • Hostage negotiation

Individuals willing to devote their time to the practical, real-life scenario training as role players are asked to submit their interest on Be sure to check out the other opportunities available on the website and share the Academy Role Player Flyer with anyone 18 years and older who may be interested in maintaining Jefferson County as a safe place to live, learn, work and play.

To take a peek inside the academy from the perspective of a recruit visit our Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Lakewood Combined Regional Academy webpage.