The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce the April 12, 2011 graduation of the 14th session of the Citizens’ Sheriff’s Academy in League City.
This group of 50 citizens from throughout Galveston County spent 12 weeks learning more about the job their Sheriff’s Office does for them. Each week highlighted a different functional area of the Sheriff’s Office, with topics ranging from jail operations to how undercover investigations are conducted.
“This (Citizens’ Sheriff’s Academy) program is valuable tool to help us communicate better with the public we serve,” said Galveston County Sheriff Freddie Poor. “It provides us a way to give citizens insight about how their sheriff’s office works and what we, as a team, do for them.”
These graduates will join nearly 350 other citizens that have taken time from their busy schedules to find out more about law enforcement in their county. Each of these citizens will be eligible to join the Citizens’ Sheriff’s Academy Alumni Association, a non-profit group that partners with the Sheriff’s Office in community activities, as well as performing volunteer services within the agency.
Citizens’ Academy programs began in Texas in 1985 under the guidance of the late Bill Ennis, a one-time Galveston County Sheriff’s deputy, who helped start this successful organization in Galveston County. The first Galveston County Citizen’s Sheriff’s Academy graduated in May, 2002.
The Sheriff’s Office is gearing up for the 15th session to be held this fall.