• By Ashleigh Sloop
  • Posted Thursday, April 5, 2012

Citizens’ Patrol Academy Training

On March 29, 2012, eight students successfully completed FCSO Citizens’ Patrol Academy training. The graduates were honored at a graduation ceremony and presented with their graduation certificates by Sheriff Schatzman.

The mission of the Forsyth County Citizens’ Patrol Academy is to develop partnerships between the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and the community it serves. We achieve this goal by providing participants with insight and a realistic understanding of sheriff’s office procedures and operations.

The Academy introduces community members to the FCSO and gives them the opportunity to learn more about how it operates. Through an inside look at the sheriff’s office, misconceptions about law enforcement are erased, and there is an increased awareness of the specialized service the sheriff’s office provides.

During the course of the-six week program, participants are not trained to be law enforcement officers, but more importantly, they are informed about each aspect of law enforcement. Participants learn about patrol operations, criminal investigations, court security, detention center operations, community policing, and much more.

Making the sheriff’s office more accessible to residents results in a stronger network of community support and encourages residents to view themselves as stakeholders in our efforts. The new volunteers will work in a variety of FCSO assignments including court room procedures, pistol permits, records, crime prevention and welfare checks in the county.

Citizens' Patrol Academy
Pictured (left to right)
Back Row: Rosa Rice, James Shackett, Bud Lewis, Davis Weathers
Front Row: Sheriff Schatzman, Steve Wagner, Cecilia Gentile, Larry Murphy, James Murphy, Sergeant Sayers

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