Ten Liberty County residents learned about the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office during the 10-week Citizens Academy. They graduated from the class Nov. 4.
Sheriff Steve Sikes presented certificates of completion to all participants and treated the group to a potluck dinner. He thanked them for being stewards of their community in helping the sheriff’s office monitor suspicious activities and aid in community policing.
All 10 had been introduced to the many facets of service the LCSO provides to the community. The group learned about crime-scene investigating through a mock scenario, how the 911 system operates, how traffic accidents are investigated, the role of the narcotics division in identifying new drug trends and apprehending offenders and the role of K-9 officers. They also toured the justice center.
Class members even went on a ride-along with deputies on patrol.
Sikes said he wants the graduates to provide feedback and comment regarding the academy. He would like to increase the number of the next academy class, tentatively set to start Aug. 16.
“It is vital to have as many citizens involved as possible,” Sikes said about the academy.
After the ceremony, participants talked about their experience.
“It was very informative. … I understand better what they have to go through as far as being a deputy and detective,” Janne’ Larson said.
Larson said she works as a school crossing guard but has a new appreciation of the things the department handles. She recommended people join the academy so they can understand how much detailed work is involved in the department’s duties.