Curry County Sheriff's Office Communications Deputy Maia Wiley has graduated from her Communications basic academy class with honors, according to Sheriff John Bishop.

"Yet another employee of the Curry County Sheriff's Office has distinguished themselves while attending academy training at the state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) facility in Salem," Bishop said.

Wiley, who was hired in November of last year, achieved the overall Academic Award, held the position of Class Leader, and gave the graduation speech.

"Deputy Wiley's academic achievement is indicative of the high level of professionalism that sheriff's personnel continue to demonstrate, day in and day out. As sheriff, I am grateful to have employees the caliber of Deputy Wiley, and the people who helped train her."

Wiley said she was "proud to represent Curry County and to get our name out there among my peers who were from agencies in much larger cities."

A highlight of the class, she said, was participating in a "scenario village," much like a Hollywood backlot, in which dispatchers participated in outdoor training exercises usually reserved for police officers.

"There were buildings and streets and we had to respond to different scenarios," Wiley said. "It really gave me an idea what it's like for our officers out on the streets, and where the dispatchers fit in."

Looking to the future, Bishop said, "As we go forward facing questions about the security of funding for basic public safety services, it is comforting to know that good employees are still working to protect and serve the citizens of Curry County."