Crime & Courts

Next Public Safety Citizens Academy opens soon in Lexington County

The Lexington County Public Safety Citizens Academy, where the public can learn about law enforcement, fire and medical emergency service in the county, resumes April 24.

The sessions will be held at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Headquarters, at 521 Gibson Road, Lexington. Participants who complete the 30-hour program will graduate on July 10. Classes will be held every Tuesday, starting at 7 p.m.

“I encourage citizens to enroll in the Citizens Academy and work in partnership with law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel to enhance public safety in Lexington County,” said Lexington County Sheriff James Metts in a news release.

Metts created the Citizens Academy program in April 1996 to provide residents with an in-depth understanding of how the Sheriff’s Department operates in one of South Carolina’s fastest growing counties.

The Sheriff’s Department now is accepting applications for the program.