Saturday, February 20, 2010
Hendry Sheriff Citizen Academy Graduates 1st Class
Sheriff's Welcomes First Graduates
LABELLE, FL. -- The graduation ceremony of the Hendry County Sheriff's Department's first Citizens Academy was held on Saturday February 20th. Sheriff Steve Whidden was proud to see a turn out of over 30 citizens from all walk of life attend the classes. The Citizens Academy classes met weekly since November 11th 2009.
The Sheriff's Academy is a 14 week program with each session lasting about two hours long. This instruction provides its participants with the latest trends and procedures in law enforcement as well as the duties and responsibilities of the various departments. The participants spend a day at the firing range learning firearm safety and firing weapons as well. (Photo courtesy John Hollingsworth)
The Citizen's Academy is great for anyone over the age of 18 and it's free. All participants must have a background free of felony and violent misdemeanor convictions. A second class will be starting soon, says Lt. Susan Harrelle at the Sheriff's office.