Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office recently finished another session of its Citizens Police Academy.
Thirteen area residents graduated from the program July 1.
The participants attended six two-hour sessions which covered subjects from administration to field tactics, investigations, and other facets and functions of the department.
It culminated in a graduation ceremony during which participants observed the K-9 unit in action as well as got an opportunity to see up close and personal special weapons and equipment.
Sheriff L.C. Knight congratulated and thanked the participants, saying he appreciated their commitment to the program and hoped they gained better insights into the inner functions of DCSO. “I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did,” Knight said. “I feel like I have 13 new goodwill ambassadors for the sheriff’s office in the community. Thank you.”
Knight also encouraged the participants to consider exploring opportunities with DCSO’s Reserve Deputy program.
One participant, Alma Drennon, said the feeling was mutual and the insights she gained in participating in the program changed her outlook completely.
“I think I can speak for everybody when I say thank you for doing this,” she said. “We really appreciate you — thank you very much for doing it.”
Chief Deputy Sam Richardson added his thanks and congratulations as well. “We in the law enforcement community are a family, and we welcome you to our family,” Richardson said.
The graduates were Pamela Carpenter, Alma Drennon, Alejandro Iliria, Sandra Madama, Shirley Mays, James Monk, Julie Monk, Esther Nowack, Patrick St. Romain, Thomas Thurman, Sandra Walker, Rob Walters and Jana Williams.
For more information call DCSO at 832-0300 or go to the website at www.dorchestercounty.net.