Letter: Sheriff’s youth academies have made a difference

From: Bartholomew County Sheriff Matthew A. Myers


Your Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office is an honorable and historic agency. The women and men working at BCSO take great pride in the protection and services we provide to citizens and visitors in Bartholomew County.

Your sheriff’s office values loyalty, commitment and teamwork, and since taking office on January 1, 2015, nothing has displayed “teamwork” more than the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Youth Academy.

Since 2015, hundreds of Bartholomew County youth have learned the basic functions of law enforcement and the requirements of a career in law enforcement through a series of activities and exercises designed to demonstrate the power and importance of teamwork.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Police Department, Columbus Township Fire Department, Indiana State Police, Indiana Conservation Officers, Indiana State Excise, Bartholomew County Emergency Management and Homeland Security partnered to present a wide range of topical training subjects and provided a positive career development experience that acquainted Bartholomew County youth with the goals and functions of a working law enforcement agency, stimulated a positive interest in law enforcement and heightened awareness of the positive aspects of being a good citizen.

Our Sheriff’s Youth Academy has been made possible due to the generosity and contributions of many supporting businesses, organizations and individuals.

As I end the final year of my final term as sheriff, I want to thank all of our participating agencies, all of ours sponsors and all of the young people who attended this event.

I want to thank all of our BCSO employees for taking time to work this event and a special thank you to Chief Deputy Major Chris Lane and Caitlyn Gross-Duke, who were instrumental in planning and organizing the academies.