JACKSBORO, TN  (WLAF) – From traffic stops to a mock murder scene, recent graduates of the first Campbell County Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy received a full immersion experience.

TOP PHOTO:  Brandon Johnson receives his certificate from Sheriff Robbie Goins with his stepfather John Long, a captain at the CCSO, present at the ceremony.

Over the last 10 weeks, the group became privy to the inner workings of the county’s largest law enforcement agency. At the end of the session, there was a unified opinion that everyone should take part in this opportunity. There was also a unanimous opinion that law enforcement officers are an underappreciated group.

Many in the class called the session an “eye opener” that had given them a new appreciation for the work done by officers.

For the officers who developed the curriculum and taught the classes, it was an opportunity to share their passion for serving the community.

“We have had a great class,” Sheriff Robbie Goins said at Thursday’s ceremony. “We see the benefit of having the class and plan to have another one.”

Giving people the chance to step into the officer’s shoes allows them to see how quick decisions need to be made, Goins said. “Our hope was for the participants to see the challenges our officers face every day,” the sheriff said.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/03/2019-6AM)