Friday, May 5, 2017

All-Deputy Sheriff Public Safety Academy Class Graduates 15 (Sheriff High Urges Graduates to be “Guardians of the Community”)

Upper Marlboro, MD…Sheriff Melvin C. High was joined by Public Safety Director Mark Magaw, Albert Liebno, and Honorable Sydney J. Harrison, for the graduation ceremony of the largest number of deputy sheriff’s since 2006. The 15 new deputy sheriffs were members of Session #46 of the Prince George’s Municipal Police Academy at the Prince George’s Community College Public Safety and Security Institute. Friends and family filled the Rennie Forum at the College to share in the success of the graduates. The keynote speaker for the evening was Stephanye R. Maxwell, Esq., Director, Prince George’s County Government Office of Human Resource Management.

In his remarks, Sheriff High told graduates that the 21st Century was a more complex time than any other, requiring law enforcement to have the capacity and judgment to meet expectations of 21st Century citizens. Sheriff High, quoting Plato, urged the newly minted deputies to be guardians, saying, “In a Republic that honors the core of Democracy, the greatest amount of power is given to those called Guardians. Only those with the most impeccable character are chosen to bear the responsibility of protecting the Democracy.”

According to the Academy staff, Class #46 scholastic scores were among the highest in Academy history, with an average score of 96.6. Among the graduates, four members are bilingual – three fluent in Spanish, another in Arabic.

Deputy Sheriff Michael D. Kay was chosen to give remarks for the class, whose class motto was: One Heartbeat on Vision, Session 46 One Mission.

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