23 Graduate From 11th Citizens Police Academy
(HARFORD COUNTY, MD) — The Harford County Sheriff’s Office graduated its 11th Citizens Police Academy class June 9, 2005, after 14 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 3, 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.
“Ten 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.
“This is not CSI,” Golding said, referencing a popular television show. “We cannot allow television to define the parameters of our job. Therefore, we hope that during the past 14-weeks our CPA graduates have developed a keen understanding of why we do what we do and how we do it,” the Sheriff said. “It’s important that you understand and help communicate that message to the citizens of Harford County,” the Sheriff concluded.
Graduates of the 11th Citizens Police Academy class are: Amy Craven, Robert Koerber, Darlene Cunningham, Linda Koser, Christopher Frank, Linda Lopez, Violet Gambrill, Mary Jo McCabe, Michael Graham, Larry McClaskey, Chriss Hartman, Tanya McLean, Tina Hartman, Frank McQuay, Jane Harvey, Michelle Nelson, Carla Horn, Barbara Pasqual, Randolph Johnson, Linda Thompson, Dale Koerber, David Tritt, and Raymond Wall.
To participate in the March 2006 Citizens Police Academy, contact the Sheriff’s Office Training Academy at 410-638-3860 or log onto the Sheriff’s Office web site www.harfordsheriff.org. Community groups and local government officials are encouraged to nominate individuals to participate.