Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson announced that Deputies Maurice Lester and Marcos Burgos recently completed their three month Field Training Program and were certified for solo patrol duties. The Field Training Program pairs newly certified deputies with state-certified Field Training Deputies for three months. During these months the new deputies are evaluated on a daily basis and operate as part of a two-man unit with the Field Training Deputy. The final two weeks of the program allows the new deputy to operate on his own, being shadowed and observed by the Field Training Deputy.
The Field Training Program was designed to bridge the gap between the Police Academy and actual law enforcement field work for the deputies. Deputies Lester and Burgos are also the first deputies to obtain law enforcement certification under a new BCSO program which encourages Jail Division deputies to obtain that distinction.
Deputy Lester was hired in May 2011 as a Jail Division deputy. His work ethic and ability to handle inmates resulted in him being sent for law enforcement certification in late 2013.
Deputy Burgos was hired in October 2006 as a Jail Division deputy where he was an assistant shift supervisor and assisted other deputies and agencies as an interpreter of the Spanish language, which he speaks fluently.
Sheriff Anderson congratulated Deputies Lester and Burgos on their accomplishments.