Ricky Butler, Community Programs Manager, squats in front as the 15 graduates of the 2014 PCSO’s Teens Citizens Academy pose for a photo. The graduates are, from left, front row, Dion Jackson, Melody-Grace Toscano, T'Nora Dessaw, Ashley Blaire-Schneck, Darren Weeks, Keira Dempsey, Daniel Weeks and Jesse Creaser; back row, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Nathan Adkins, Doyle Dempsey, Andrew Hodge, Andrew Bearce, Troy Hicks, Blake Ottinger and Michael Schuller.
LARGO – Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office celebrated graduation of the first-ever Teens Citizens Academy over the weekend.
Fifteen teens attended a graduation ceremony Saturday, July 26, at the Sheriff's Administration Building at 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo.
The Sheriff's Teen Citizens Academy is a free six-week, hands on program which offers students ages 14 to 18 years an opportunity to learn close-up about the work of sheriff's deputies and about a career in law enforcement.
The program was offered on consecutive Saturday mornings June 14 through July 26 (with the exception of the 4th of July weekend). The Academy offered the students the opportunity to work with deputies, practice defensive tactics, learn safe and effective use of a firearm and defensive driving techniques, and take a behind-the-scenes look at the Sheriff's Office operations including a tour of the Pinellas County Jail.