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Community Programs

Provided by Brunswick County Sheriff's Department

Citizens Academy
Improving Law Enforcement/Community Relations

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy was established to build a better understanding between Law Enforcement and those we serve, through a series of classroom presentations and community involvement. Class time features a general overview of current law enforcement issues, patrol procedures, criminal investigations and crime prevention.

About The Program

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy offers an exciting program. The curriculum and training are not what you might expect. Typically, the students attracted to the academy are a culturally diverse group of people including bankers, businessmen and women, judges, housewives, school teachers, media representatives, retirees and citizens from all walks of life.

Citizens Academy Training

Participants meet every Tuesday evenings for eleven weeks at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office training room in Bolivia from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. They learn about virtually every aspect of a deputy’s job including administration, patrol operations, traffic enforcement and communications, criminal law, SWAT and hostage negotiations, crime scene investigations, corrections and many other areas.

The Citizen’s Academy does not limit participants to classroom training. Students are given the opportunity to:

  • Tour the Detention Center facility and Courthouse.
  • Shoot weapons used by Officers.

Although graduates of the Citizens Academy are not qualified for daily street duty, they do acquire a better understanding of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office operations and responsibilities. Citizens Academy graduates gain greater awareness and appreciation of the difficult challenges and decisions a deputy sheriff faces every day.

Community involvement is the most powerful force any law enforcement agency has in the fight against crime. Through the Citizens Academy, citizens become more involved in making Brunswick County a better place to live. We at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office believe this program leads to better understanding between citizens and law enforcement through education.

R.A.D. Self Defense
Rape Agression Self Defense

Rape Aggression Defense Systems (R.A.D. Self Defense) teaches basic physical self-defense for women. Certified R.A.D. Instructors will be teaching realistic tactics for women to employ as an option for defending themselves in the event of a situation where their life is in jeopardy.

The objective of R.A.D. according to its founder, Lawrence N. Nadeau is “to develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked.

About the System

The twelve hour class consists of a short lecture, followed by hands on instruction and ends with optional simulations (using protective gear). R.A.D. is offered *at no charge* to any woman in Brunswick County regardless of age (parental consent required for girls under the age of 18).

Project Life Saver
Bringing Loved Ones Home

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office offers a FREE service called Project Lifesaver for Brunswick County residents who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, autism or other conditions that make them likely to wander away from caregivers, or who have difficulties communicating with rescuers. Project Lifesaver bracelets can help rescuers find a loved one who has wandered away.

About The Program

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Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver Team will give participants a plastic bracelet containing a waterproof radio transmitter. Each participant’s transmitter is assigned a radio frequency that is unique both to them and to their geographical area of the county. The bracelets may be worn on the client’s wrist or ankle.

If the client goes missing the caregiver should call 911 immediately. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s office will respond with a trained team to start a search along with other emergency resources.


In order to participate in the Project Lifesaver Program, the prospective client must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Live within Brunswick County.
  • Be diagnosed by a certified physician as having Alzheimer’s disease, other dementia disorders, autism, Down’s syndrome or similar disorders.
  • Be known to wander away from caregiver.


NBCC & Office Depot are
Taking Care of Business!

The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce has teamed with trusted supplier, Office Depot to bring you the NBCC & Office Depot Business Solution Program. This program is designed for Chamber members to receive exclusive discounts on business supplies through Office Depot.

This is a free program to our valued members!


Here's a list of benefits to this program:

  • Free Shipping on orders of $50.00 or more
  • Convenient ordering via your Business Solutions Account
  • Save up to 45%-50% on 500+ items, including extensive discounts on national brand ink and toner
  • Save up to 10% off just about everything Office Depot sticks in their stores and Business Solutions Division annual catalog
  • Members get deep discounts in Copy & Print Services: 2.5 cent black/white, 24 cent color copies
  • Quality products have a positive impact on productivity

Here's how it works:

  • Present your card at the time of store purchase and/or
  • Set up an Office Depot Business Solutions account for on-line ordering
  • Interested in learning more, contact Sue Meier 910-228-1950 or email susan.meier@officedepot.com

Here's how to begin:

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