Inv. Raechel Waid

Director, Sheriff's Academy

I grew up in Chautauqua County and attended Jamestown Public Schools before beginning my college education at Jamestown Community College. I majored in social sciences, and I then finished my undergraduate studies at SUNY Fredonia with a dual major in psychology and criminal justice and a minor in sociology. I began my graduate studies at John Jay College in New York City with a major in forensic psychology and later attended Mercyhurst College for graduate school with a major in administration of justice.

I was accepted into the Sheriff’s Academy in 2006, and I was hired by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office in February of 2007. I also became an adjunct psychology professor at Jamestown Community College in 2008. During my career in law enforcement, I spent over six years working road patrol and was promoted to an investigator in 2013. I spent eight years working in that capacity while assigned to the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

In February of 2021, I was appointed as the training director for the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. As director, I run the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy located on the Jamestown Campus. I also coordinate and maintain all in-service training for sheriff’s deputies, provide additional training for police agencies in Chautauqua and surrounding counties, and I am the accreditation program manager for the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.

As a former student and adjunct professor at Jamestown Community College, I was thrilled with the opportunity to return to the college as the Sheriff’s Academy training director. I was extremely active in the college as a student and have always maintained that my academic, athletic, and social involvement at Jamestown Community College provided me with a well-rounded and solid foundation that I built the rest of my education and experience on.

I encourage anyone who is interested in applying to the Sheriff’s Academy to contact our office with any questions. Law enforcement can be a challenging but extremely rewarding career.

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