A new group of cadets recently graduated from the Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy in Lynchburg. Leading the class was Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Bureau of Law Enforcement Special Agent Dawn Hanks.
Hanks, who completed the 22-week academy on December 15, 2014, was given the Academic Distinction Award for the highest academic average in her 35-student class. She was the only Virginia ABC special agent enrolled this term, the second of two terms offered in 2014.
With her successful completion, Hanks now holds a law enforcement certification administered by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. All Virginia ABC special agents must be certified by the department.
“We are extremely proud of Special Agent Hanks’ performance at the police academy,” said Virginia ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement Director Shawn Walker. “The agency has a long tradition of special agents doing very well in all facets of the training program, and Special Agent Hanks has kept that going.”
Hanks is assigned to the Chesapeake Regional Enforcement Office. Prior to starting with Virginia ABC, Hanks worked as an animal control officer with the Newport News Police Department and served in the U.S. Air Force. Hanks attended St. Leo University in Florida, where she received a degree in criminal justice.
The Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy is one of ten regional institutions in Virginia providing criminal justice training. Since 1975 it has prepared students for careers in law enforcement, jail, civil process, court security and dispatch.
“The Bureau of Law Enforcement could not be more pleased to have Special Agent Hanks in the ranks,” Walker added. “She will be working with her colleagues in the field to ensure a safe, orderly and regulated system for distribution and responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages.”
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 350 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 16,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now celebrating its 80th anniversary, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
Virginia ABC Special Agent Graduates at Top of Class