23 People Graduate from 10th Citizens Police Academy

(HARFORD COUNTY, MD) — The Harford County Sheriff’s Office graduated its 10th Citizens Police Academy class June 8, 2004, after 15 weeks of training designed to provide a better understanding of the Sheriff’s Office and its operations. At a graduation ceremony inside Harford County Circuit Court’s ceremonial courtroom, Sheriff R. Thomas Golding commended the graduates for their interest and dedication.

“In today’s busy world, three and a half months is a commitment,” Golding said. “It tells me you care about your communities and you care about your Sheriff’s Office and what it does.”

The Academy, which began March 2, gave participants a greater understanding of the Sheriff’s Office organizational structure and operations as well as the laws that help define agency policies and procedures. Weekly classroom instruction included overviews of nearly every aspect of Sheriff’s Office operations, from patrol services and criminal investigation to the agency’s K-9 Unit, Dive Team, and Crisis Negotiation Team. Deputies also provided presentations on topics such as personal safety, drug identification, and gang activity. Students supplemented their classroom learning with field trips to the Harford County Detention Center, the Harford County Emergency Operations Center in Hickory, the Sheriff’s Office Evidence Collection Facility, the Sheriff’s Office Southern Precinct in Edgewood and the Sheriff’s Office Northern Precinct in Jarrettsville.

“Nine years ago we started the Police Academy and by all accounts it’s been a very successful program,” said Golding. As part of the Citizens Police Academy, students learn the Sheriff’s Office policies governing the use of force and have the opportunity to use the agency’s Firearms Training System. The state-of-the-art video training system lets students experience, in as realistic a setting as possible, the milliseconds in which police officers are sometimes forced to make life-and-death decisions.

“It was an excellent experience,” said Belcamp resident Renee Gancyk, one of the 23 graduates who attended the ceremony. “All of the deputies were very professional, very knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humor.” Another Graduate, Linda DiPasquale commented, “I was impressed on the amount of services that the Sheriff’s Office provides to citizens through their Community Policing Unit and Victim Services Unit that focuses on quality of life issues and not merely enforcement actions.”

To participate in the March 2005 Citizens Police Academy, contact the Sheriff’s Office Training Academy at 410-638-3860. Community groups and local government officials are encouraged to nominate individuals to participate.

Graduates of the 10th Citizens Police Academy class are: Vivian Bailey of Edgewood, Arlene Brooks of Abingdon, Rhonda Buchanan of Abingdon, Linda DiPasquale of Bel Air, Deborah Donnelly of Abingdon, Tracie Estevez of Edgewood, Renee Gancyk of Belcamp, Douglas Hess of Forest Hill, Christopher Higgins of Joppa, Jennifer Kehoe of Abingdon, Jon Meister of Abingdon, Jim Norton of Bel Air, Mario Petri of Fallston, Lynda Pfeffer of Forest Hill, Richard Pfeffer of Forest Hill, Elizabeth Scarff of Fallston, Teresa Scheler of Edgewood, Bernadette Snead of Aberdeen, Richard Sparks of Churchville, Melissa Swank of Belcamp, Melissa Tredinnick of Bel Air, Jennifer Weber of Fallston, and Margie Woodward of Fallston.

Press Release

June 11, 2004