Wilson County Sheriff's Office recently honored its largest-ever Sheriff's Citizens' Academy class following a 10-233k session that gave citizens a glimpse into what law enforcement officers encounter on a regular basis. The 24 graduates were all smiles as Sheriff Robert Bryan congratulated and thanked them for taking part in the unique educational opportunity.
"A lot of people hear only one side of what law enforcement officers do in certain situations, and there's been a lot of negative publicity around our country," Bryan said. "We really appreciate you all taking your time away from your families and your commitment to understanding what we do in the sheriff's office. That means a lot. And we appreciate all of our instructors, alumni and everyone who has made this possible."
Bryan started the citizens' academy three years ago to offer the community and businesspeople a voluntary opportunity to develop a better understanding of and full exposure to the sheriff's office.
"This class helps to foster a better understanding between the citizens and the sheriff's office," Sgt. James Lanier explained. "It familiarizes the citizens with how the Wilson County Sheriff's Office operates. This course shows how different the sheriff's office is from other law enforcement offices in Wilson County, how much more responsibility the office has compared to other agencies."
Bryan told everyone in attendance he anticipates many more classes in the future.
"You are now part of our family," he told graduates.
The next citizens' academy is scheduled for Sept. 8.