Pictured with Deputy First Class Michael Licausi (center) is Jane Sachs, Administrator, Correctional Training Unit and Dennis Murphy, Administrator, Law Enforcement Training. (Submitted photo)
LEONARDTOWN, Md. (November 2, 2011)—Dfc. Michael Licausi of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office, who is currently assigned as a staff instructor at the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy, was named the 2011 SMCJA Instructor of the Year at the Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission Instructor's Conference, which was held in Sykesville.
Dfc. Licausi began his career with the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office in 1997 as a Correctional Officer. Dfc. Licausi served in that capacity for 10 years. In 2007 he left the corrections profession to become a St. Mary's Deputy Sheriff. Dfc. Licausi transferred to S.M.C.J.A. as an instructor in 2010. Dfc. Licausi is a member of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Emergency Service Team and has been selected the Training Class Coordinator for the Police Entry Level Training Program which will begin on January 14, 2012.
"We no longer live in an era where deputies are appointed, strap on a badge and gun and serve without preparation or experience," said Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron in a statement. "Law enforcement is a profession which requires extensive knowledge and training. Our training staff at the Southern Maryland Criminal Justice Academy is comprised of some of the best of the best officers from southern, Maryland. Their knowledge, professionalism and moral code conducted is extended to new recruits and seasoned officers through mentoring and training. On behalf of the men and women of the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office I wish to extend congratulations to Dfc. Licausi on a job well done."