After you fill out a ginourmous application you then go for an interview where they will then decide if you can join the acedemy. Should you make it in, they will tell you where to purchase your shirts.
Once the acedemy starts get prepared for long nights. I went and it was m-w 6-10 each night. some instructors LOVE to get out early and others LOVE to stay right up til 10. oh and here's the clincher...no coffee or caffinated beverages allowed in class. water only.
Also you will have saturday classes as well.
Oh and get prepared for Defensive Tactics class on saturday morning. that is the most fun, you learn how to kick ass...sorta. and at the end of it all you get sprayed with OC and take a test.
All in all it's not THAT hard, just study and you'll do fine. Oh,and don't show up late.
You are better off getting sponsored by a local department to go through the academy. If you go through the sherrifs academy it's alot more BS and you have less of a chance of getting details, whereas with a local department you typically can get much more details and alot of times they supply you with gear, unlke the sherrifs dept.
Just a thought, but I know if I had been sponsored by a local dept and not by the sheriffs dept I would be workin by now....instead i'm still saving for gear. sucks.
Plymouth County charges 10% for an admin fee, the kicker is if you work a job for a town and the town pays you direct Ply Cnty sends you a bill for 10% of whatever you made. So you pay taxes on the detail and admin on top of that!