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Sheriff’s office an asset

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To the editor:
I had the opportunity to participate with 21 fellow residents in the recent 14th Citizens Academy conducted by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. During a 10-week period of instruction (four hours every Tuesday evening) and hands-on experiences, we learned of the many elements of the organization from uniform services and the detention center to SWAT and K-9 operations, as well as more than 20 community outreach programs, including the School Resource Officer Program, Drug Abuse Resistance Education, Animal Protection Services and Crime Prevention.
Class 14 was especially impressed with Project Lifesaver, a rescue program for people with wandering syndrome, a symptom common to many brain-related disorders. In fact, at graduation Oct. 8, we presented a check for $455 to Sheriff Ingram to help provide the service to those in need.
It was an eye-opening experience seeing dedicated men and women showing us their expertise in serving and protecting the citizens of Brunswick County. You could see it in their eyes and energy that they are committed to doing their best to keep us safe. Every week, they made a point of echoing what Sheriff John Ingram said the first night: “We serve, protect and are answerable to the people of Brunswick County.”
For the people of Brunswick County, the sheriff’s office is truly a community asset.

David Poeppelmeier
Bolivia