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This 12-week program began in September and allowed participants to learn many behind-the-scenes aspects of the CCSO. They studied a wide range of topics including patrol procedures, narcotics investigations, forensic evidence, criminal law, juvenile issues, use of force, criminal investigations, and search and seizure.

Class members also had the opportunity to tour the CCSO Headquarters, Charles County Detention Center, Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy, Crime Lab, and Charles County Courthouse. Hands-on experiences included a Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) and crime scene processing. Several of the participants will also participate in ride-alongs with police officers to experience policing from an officer’s perspective.

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“We are very proud to have completed another successful Citizens Police Academy,” said Sheriff Troy Berry. “One of our goals here at the CCSO is to continue to build and strengthen police and community relationships, and I’m so grateful to the class members and instructors, as well as our CPA Alumni Association, for giving their personal time to help us in that endeavor.”

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The CCSO plans to continue to host the Citizens Police Academy annually in the fall. This is a valuable opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning more about the realities of policing, and we look forward to having another fantastic group next year!

This year’s graduates are: 

  • Katrina Alston
  • Ashley Burton
  • LaToya Pickett-Bell
  • Daniel James Wood
  • Tia Audree Sanders-Smitz
  • Guadalupe Limrick
  • Elton Stokes Sr.
  • Christopher Cox
  • John Faherty
  • Richard Wymetal
  • Hilda J Riley
  • Guy William Yesse
  • Susan Boehl
  • Latrina Carr
  • Erin Shoemaker
  • Tammy Fischer
  • Kevin Limrick
  • Deanna Thomas
  • Mary Peyton
  • Edward Hughes
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Special thanks to our class coordinators Captain Kevin Leahy, Captain Charly Baker, Lt. Louis “Chris” Schmidt III, and Lt. William “Billy” Edge. And we thank all guest instructors.