An estimated one hundred family members and friends packed into the lobby of the Criminal Justice Center Saturday night, February 19, for the graduation of the very first Hunt County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Academy. The academy is a partnership between the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, the Greenville Police Department and Paris Junior College. This academy fulfills all state mandated training requirements for a Peace Officer in the state of Texas.
Lana ADAMS, a career Police Officer and longtime educator was the driving force in the establishment of this academy. Her dream came to fruition when sixteen young men and women received certificates for successful completion of the Basic Peace Officer course. The six month course covers many topics including basic law, self-defense, firearms training, and emergency driving as well as arrest techniques.
One major purpose of this academy is to provide a career path for those young men and women who already work in the Corrections Division of the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office. This gives a practical direction for those who have the desire to become Police Officers and don’t know where to start. Its mission also includes providing a pool of qualified applicants to fill openings in surrounding agencies and serving as a local resource for agencies to provide training for their candidates.
A second academy is forming right now. Provided student numbers meet required minimums, evening classes will once again begin on March 21 and conclude in August. Sheriff Randy MEEKS encourages anyone in the community that is interested in this career training to stop by the Hunt County Sheriff’s Office. Information packets and applications may be picked up in person anytime during normal business hours between now and the close of business on Friday March 11.