The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office recently completed another successful session of the Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy. More than 30 county residents turned out to participate in this year’s academy.
This year, sheriff’s office staff vowed to make the class more interactive for all attendees. Participants were placed in various roles simulating the duties and responsibilities required of our law enforcement professionals.
Students participated in various exercises including simulated 911 tasks, jail cell searches, traffic stops, investigating crime scenes, securing the courts, etc. In addition, students participated in a ride along with patrol officers and participated in firearms training.
“You truly conveyed that “To Protect and To Serve” is more than just a motto. We are very blessed to have such law enforcement in our county.” Dick Kinzie
“The class was very interesting and I am sad it is over…” – Michelle Hawkins
“It was not only informational and educational, but fun.” – Michael and Jo Rackstraw
“Thanks to the CLEA Program, I feel a rather special bond to our officers; even those that I did not meet.” – Gary Holland
“It was an excellent program and I learned things about our county and the sheriff’s office, I never knew.” – unsigned
“The course was truly outstanding, delivered with clarity and obvious depth of planning and preparation.” – Bill & Pat Winner
“Thank you again for doing this – I miss the class and the wonderful people I met. Dawson County Sheriff’s Office – God Bless and stay safe.” – Kuki Gardner
The class culminated in a graduation dinner where each participant was recognized for their efforts. Public Safety Chaplains, Dr. Charles Blackstock and Ron Link were present to discuss the vital role and responsibilities required of the law enforcement chaplain. County Commissioners Sharon Fausett and Jimmy Hamby were in attendance, along with State Representative Kevin Tanner; who took time to address the academy graduates.
“It was truly our honor and privilege to share our office with members of our community. Having the ability to build those relationships will most certainly develop a deeper level of trust, commitment and service between our community and their law enforcement officers.” Sheriff Jeff Johnson