The Mason County Sheriff's Office has added a new deputy sheriff to its ranks.
Deputy Sheriff Danielle Branes recently graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy.
The academy consists of 720 hours of intensive law enforcement training. Cadets live on campus at the academy and undergo both physical and mental challenges.
Some of the courses a cadet must pass include criminal investigations, criminal law, criminal procedures, crisis intervention, defensive tactics, firearms, patrol and traffic procedures, and emergency vehicle operations.