Twelve Deputy Sheriffs Graduate from Academy

April 14, 2009

Twelve new deputy sheriffs, along with 21 police officers and one animal control officer, graduated the 55th session of the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy on April 13, 2009. The ceremony was held at the George Mason University Center for the Arts. Richard “Dick” Leatherman, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Richmond and a senior leadership consultant, provided the keynote address. County Executive Anthony Griffin also took the podium and congratulated the newest members of the public safety community.

The six-month basic recruit session covered every phase of law enforcement principles and procedures. Upon graduation each recruit is a certified law enforcement officer. Deputy sheriffs receive additional certification in jail operations, court security and civil process. The Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy is the training center for the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, Fairfax County Police Department, and the Towns of Herndon and Vienna Police departments. In addition, it provides training for the Fairfax County fire marshals.

With more than 500 sworn deputy sheriffs, Fairfax is the largest Sheriff’s Office in Virginia and among the largest in the country. The Sheriff's Office and/or its facilities are accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, and the American Correctional Association.

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