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2012-04-19

Inaugural Sheriff's Citizen Academy

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Shanna Chelin, Noreen Russel, Mindi Hauck and Shelly Sheppard are participating in the inaugural Sheriff's Citizen Academy at the Bandera County Sheriff's Office. The eight-week course will conclude Wednesday, May 30. "We were looking for 12 participants, but 16 people applied so we were really pleased," said Deputy Matt Johnson.

Along with Reserve Deputy Scott McNaughton, Johnson coordinates weekly classes for the academy.

According to Chief Deputy Richard Smith, the academy was designed to allow citizens to become vested in their county law enforcement agency.

"Participation allows citizens to take a proactive mode regarding law enforcement, not reactive," Smith said. "You will become the eyes and ears of the community. We don't take lightly the motto of the Sheriff's Citizen Academy - 'Law Enforcement & Community Serving Together'."

For Johnson's op-ed piece on the Sheriff's Citizen Academy, Click on --MY VIEW--