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Administrative and Personnel Officer Eric Williamson gives some preliminary instructions to trainees at the Sheriff’s Training Academy.

 
By GALEN HOLLEY
Staff Writer

   The instructions the men and women received included commands such as “fall in,” and, “stand at attention.”
   This was clearly a “Yes, sir,” and “No, sir,” environment.
   More than 20 people, many of them former or current military, almost all of them involved in some form of emergency response, listened as two deputies from the Grenada County Sheriff’s   Department laid it out in Spartan, military terms.
   The trainees were gathered at the Grenada County Firing Range, near the municipal airport.  They were the class of this year’s Sheriff’s Training Academy.
   Every trainee should know, said Investigator Adam Eubanks, that one day they  might be called up on to put their own well-being at risk.
   This academy wasn’t going to be a walk in the park, Eubanks said.

Sheriff’s vision
   Sheriff Alton Strider started the training academy 18 years ago, according to Deputy Personnel and Administrative Director Eric Williamson,.“
   The sheriff, along with Deputy Jessie Gonzales, had a vision to make high-level, professional training, comparable to what one would receive at the police academy in Jackson, available in north Mississippi,” said Williamson.
   Students completing the 22-week course will accumulate 230 hours of official training and will be certified as part-time law-enforcement officers, said Eubanks.

Complete story available in Friday's print and online subscriber editions.


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