Lateral Transfer Class Graduates

December 19, 2008

The Sheriff's Office is pleased to welcome three new deputies who graduated on December 19 from the Lateral Transfer Course held at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy. The course is offered to law enforcement officers who are certified in Virginia or out-of-state. Instead of attending a 6-month academy, the lateral transfer recruits complete their training in 14 weeks. The course covers most of the subjects that are taught in the basic law enforcement school — such as firearms, driving, defensive tactics and legal processes — but in a condensed version.

One of the graduates was a 17-year veteran of a Georgia police department, another was a FBI police officer, and the third was a deputy sheriff in New Jersey.

Private First Class Alma Smith, a Sheriff's Office recruiter, said all three recruits had come to Fairfax County for better pay and retirement benefits and more diverse responsibilities. The former New Jersey deputy was looking for a new place to call home. "I want to work with a group of men and women that I can call family," he said in his interview, according to Smith.

For more information about the lateral transfer opportunity, contact a recruiter.

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