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Major John Allard, PIO Office, 785-2415, 24-Hour Press Box: 799-2001, Ext. 1100

Citizens Graduate from Public Safety Citizens Academy

A total of 18 citizens will graduate at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 from the Lexington County Public Safety Citizens Academy. The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a graduation ceremony for the citizens in the Squad Room at the Lexington County James R. Metts Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said the following 18 citizens will graduate from the 12-week Public Safety Citizens Academy:

Drew Anderson, of West Columbia

Coley Andrews, of Lexington

Robert Bart, of Lexington

Janis Bennett, of Irmo

Clarence Bennett, of Irmo

Jack Bertsch, of Lexington

Gerald Deslandes, of Lexington

Tammy Floyd, of Gaston

Julea Ingold, of Lexington

Cynthia Johnson, of Lexington

Joe McGee, of Lexington

Martin Mullaney, of Leesville

Margarita Ortiz, of Lexington

Richard Pearce, of Gaston

Carrie Proctor, of North

Bill Rawlings, of Chapin

Don Roy, of Lexington

James Snell, of West Columbia

The next session of the county Public Safety Citizens Academy is scheduled to begin in August, with an exact date not yet set, Metts said. Classes will be held between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. every Tuesday for a period of 12 weeks.

In order to be eligible for enrollment in the Public Safety Citizens Academy, you must be at least 18 years old and reside in Lexington County, Metts said. Persons who have been convicted of serious crimes are not eligible for the program.

Citizens who want to apply for the Public Safety Citizens Academy or who have questions concerning the program can contact Sheriff’s Department Administrative Assistant Lori Drafts at her office at (803) 785-2557 or via e-mail at

Metts implemented the Citizens Academy program in April 1996 in order to provide residents with an in-depth understanding about how the Sheriff’s Department protects and serves citizens in one of South Carolina’s fastest growing counties.

Lexington County has implemented a unified chain of command to plan and execute a multi-disciplinary public safety response in the event of a critical incident, Metts said.

During the Public Safety Citizens Academy, Sheriff’s Department supervisors inform participants about how regional patrol operations reduce the amount of time that it takes deputies to respond to calls for help, Metts said. Participants also learn how telecommunications officers dispatch law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel to aid citizens who have called for help. A detective who investigates gang activity informs citizens about how they can work in partnership with law enforcement to report gang activity in Lexington County.


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