Sheriff Richard Roundtree checked
off another plan on the agenda he promised before becoming sheriff. The first Citizens Police Academy began Tuesday,
a community based program for the public as a way for the Richmond County
Sheriff's Office to be more transparent in the community.
"We're not going to leave
anything out, we wanted people to know what our officers go through and
hopefully by working together they can understand, they can get a better bond,"
said Sheriff Roundtree.
Sheriff Roundtree explained his
vision for Richmond County's first Citizen's Police Academy.
"It became an us versus them
[the community] and one of the things I wanted to do is that I wanted to bridge
that gap," said Sheriff Roundtree.
Bridging the gap between the
community and the RSCO, an initiative Sheriff Roundtree wanted to complete in
his first 90 days in office, a vision that came to fruition Tuesday night.
The initial group going through the academy is
the Citizen's Advisory Council these people were appointed by outside officials
in the community from the Mayor, Richmond County Superintendent, county
commissioners, and the Chamber of Commerce.
"Of course we are going to
show them the tactical side of it, the way they deal with firearms, with
driving training with the anxiety of being in a chase and people think it's
just all fun and games," said Roundtree. "But they don't know what it's like to
get in a car going 100 miles an hour and know all the risk factors
The 15 council members represent
all different aspects of the community from retirees to recent graduates
including the president of a local homeowner's association.
"Being able to bring the neighborhood concept,
that viewpoint to the table and get attention to that because I feel that our
neighborhoods are our greatest asset so if you don't have the people in the
community, you will have a community," said Sammie Sias.
The program lasts 12 weeks and the
council is going through some intense training, learning the in's and out's of
law enforcement, leaving with a complete understanding of what deputies
experience on a daily basis.
Their goal is to have four
academies a year and anyone interested can contact the RCSO and sign up. To
participate, you must be 21 years old and must successfully complete a
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