Cullman County Sheriffs Citizen Academy Graduation Spring 2017

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Cullman County Sheriffs Citizen Academy Graduation Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 edition of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy wrapped up Tuesday night with Coach Tommy Tuberville as the keynote speaker. 

This nine-week Academy culminated in a full graduation ceremony at the Temple Baptist Church auditorium.

The Academy is a 100% free program made available to Cullman County residents who completed applications to attend following a public announcement last fall. The official citizen head count of this Academy greatly exceeded the initial, original participant ceiling of 50 due to high citizen demand.

Right at seventy-five Cullman County residents graduated Tuesday night.

Cullman County Sheriffs Citizen Academy Graduation Spring 2017

This Academy comprised of nine consecutive weekly three-hour sessions providing attendees a transparent, in-depth look into every aspect of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office. In addition to classroom education, there were optional fields trips in squad cars with deputies, firing range training, tactical team demonstrations, and other law enforcement-based educational excursions.

Sheriff Gentry brought in famed, former Auburn football coach (and almost Gubernatorial candidate) Tommy Tuberville as the Keynote Speaker for this graduating class. His remarks were what you’d expect from Coach Tuberville.

Cullman County Sheriffs Citizen Academy Graduation Spring 2017

He mixed in homey remembrances of his coaching career with a still very timely and appropriate worldview on leadership in all life endeavors.

We spoke with the Coach and Sheriff immediately after the ceremony concluded.

Tuberville discusses his decision to NOT run for the Governorship of Alabama in 2018:

On opening night of this Academy, Sheriff Gentry immediately and firmly emphasized that the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office belonged to the citizens of Cullman County. He used the words ‘YOUR Sheriff’s Department’ multiple times in his remarks.

The Sheriff repeated that same theme again during his closing address last night. The newly minted graduates now know exactly what the Sheriff means when he says ‘it’s your Sheriff’s Office.’

He is a strong advocate of transparency inside and outside the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Citizen Academy was a natural extension of that worldview and policy.

Cullman County Sheriffs Citizen Academy Graduation Spring 2017

According to Sheriff Gentry:

“The primary goal of the Sheriff’s Citizen Academy was to provide citizens with more knowledge about the role the sheriff’s office is playing in keeping our community a safe place to live. Any law enforcement agency is only as good as the support it receives from the community’s confidence in its operations and activities. The men and women of the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office are here to serve you … the citizen’s of the County.”

The next Sheriff’s Citizen Academy is expected to commence during August 2017. The Sheriff’s Office will make a public announcement on that well in advance of the event.

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