Junior Deputy Sheriff Academy kicks off

By Daniel Brunty

The Winston County Journal

The Winston County Sheriff’s Department began its first ever Junior Deputy Sheriff Academy this past Monday, June 27 at the South Louisville Baptist Church Family Life Center.

The Junior Deputy Sheriff’s Academy allowed children ages 6-12 an opportunity to experience the life and times of not only members of the Sheriff’s Department, but as well as first responders and others.

The Academy registered 15 children who were eager to participate. The Academy will continue until Thursday, July 1 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon daily, with a graduation ceremony to be held on Friday, July 1 at 6 p.m. in the Winston Co Courthouse.

Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh is excited about a fun-filled week and excitement during the event.

“We actually have some pretty neat stuff set up for the week,” Pugh said. “Thursday we are hoping to have a helicopter from one of the medical units come and visit. For Tuesday, we have invited members of the Louisville Fire Department, as well as a visit from the Mississippi Highway Patrol Motor Unit will bring their bikes for the kids to check out. Wednesday, we will have members of the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Department come and speak to the children.”

Pugh is looking forward to letting the children experience what his job as well as others are like.

“Between all the guests visiting, we will have activities including DUI awareness using goggles, firearm safety and others,” he said.

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Daniel Brunty/Staff Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh helps a child perform a “Goggle Test” during the first ever Junior Deputy Sheriff’s Academy held June 27-July 1 at South Louisville Baptist Church Family Life Center. The Goggle Test allows for the children to use a specialized pair of goggles that allows the wearer to experience a realistic simulation of impairment to teach alcohol awareness to the children. The children try to walk a straight line while wearing the goggles, which gives them the experience of someone under the influence.

Jr sheriff__5067 The final day will be a Play Day for the kids before holding the graduation ceremony later that evening.