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The ‘Thin Blue Line’ Just Got a Little Thicker

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The “thin blue line” just got a little thicker. Congratulations to Class 2016-H of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Academy. After seven months of intense physical and mental training, Class 2016-H received their diplomas and their badges.

Thin Blue Line Bexar County Sheriff's Academy Class 2016-H Graduates

Photo: Facebook/Bexar County Sheriff’s Office

“It was a lot. The academics, the physical, coming home every day, thinking I have to do it all over again. But it was all worth it, though,” one graduate, said.

Graduation marks the last step on their journey to becoming deputies in the different divisions of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Department maintains the safety and well-being of the residents and visitors of Bexar County. Bexar County, Texas, which includes San Antonio, is the 19th most heavily populated county in the United States.

Becoming a law enforcement officer in this age of war against the police takes a special personality. According to KSAT News, another graduate shared, “We’re all trying to do the best that we can and trying to learn …  because of everything that’s going on in the community.”

Police Chief William McManus said that the crisis intervention training the cadets learned will help them serve the community with compassion, integrity, fairness, and respect.

“If you treat people well, they’re going to help you solve crimes, they’re going to respect the Police Department, they’re going to support the Police Department,” McManus said. “And that’s what we have here right now in San Antonio. But we want to build on that foundation, continue to build on it.”

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office you need to be aware of the following steps in the process. First, you must achieve state certification through TCLEOSE. Next, meet the minimum employment requirements for Bexar County Deputy Sheriff jobs.  Once you have your State Police Officer’s certification and have determined you meet the requirements for the job, you will need to fill out an application.

If your application is accepted, the next steps involve a written exam, a physical agility test, and a psychological test. After passing these tests, you will need to complete a physical examination and an in-depth background check. The final step is to attend the Sheriff’s Academy.

According to the Sheriff’s Academy, their mission is to develop and produce the finest caliber Deputy Sheriffs for the different divisions of the Sheriff’s Office and to provide the resources for continuing the individual growth and development of the individual.

Congratulations, Class 2016-H and welcome to the family.