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Brunswick County Citizens’ Academy students process crime scenes as detectives

By Caroline Curran, Reporter

BOLIVIA—Two weeks ago, they were patrol officers. Last week, they were investigators.

In the coming weeks, they’ll prepare their cases for court—running the gamut of law enforcement from taking the original reports to trying their cases before a judge.

For the students in the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy, each week brings a new challenge, and last week was no exception. Students, divided into five groups each investigating seemingly unrelated incidents, took reports, processed crime scenes and collected evidence.

Students took reports as patrol deputies and investigated the incidents as detectives. As detectives, they also completed follow-up interviews and reports for each of their respective crimes.

The crimes being investigated included a stolen vehicle, worthless checks, a missing person, a kidnapping/rape and a suspicious person.

After the separate groups completed their respective duties, they came together to find their incidents “all tied together as one,” Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Joe Scoggins said.