GNTC Law Enforcement Academy Graduation Held July 3

Thursday, July 3, 2014
James Pledger (right), director of GNTC’s Law Enforcement Academy, presents Marcus Alford (left) with the Academic (Honor Graduate) Award for having the highest GPA during the Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Program.  Mr. Alford would go on to also win the “Top Gun” Award for excellence in marksmanship.
James Pledger (right), director of GNTC’s Law Enforcement Academy, presents Marcus Alford (left) with the Academic (Honor Graduate) Award for having the highest GPA during the Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Program. Mr. Alford would go on to also win the “Top Gun” Award for excellence in marksmanship.

On Thursday friends and family gathered at the Conference Center located at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Gordon County Campus to honor the students graduating from the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.

During the ceremony, nine law enforcement officers graduated from the program. Advisory board members, chiefs, sheriffs, and fellow law enforcement officers from the Northwest Georgia region also were in attendance at the ceremony.

The keynote speaker was Kenneth A. Vance, executive director of Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.

Mr. Vance also has served as the director of Public Safety at Georgia College and State University, as councilman for the city of Milledgeville, as a deputy sheriff for Baldwin County, and as a police officer for the Monroe Police Department.

“You have a duty to protect and serve, that is your responsibility now,” said Mr. Vance. “It is obvious to me that you got this far because you care and I think you will be successful in the future because of that fundamental value.”

Mr. Vance also has been active in numerous civic and professional groups including serving as chairman and vice-chairman of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, chairman of the State of Georgia Municipal Training Institute, and has served on the board of directors for the Georgia Municipal Association.

Robert White was the student speaker for the ceremony. Mr. White said that he developed a special bond with his fellow graduates during training.

“Twenty-one weeks ago me and these guys came together in a classroom as strangers,” said Mr. White. “Today I will leave looking at these guys as my brothers and sisters.”

Marcus J. Alford was presented with the “Top Gun” award for excellence in marksmanship. Mr. Alford also received the Academic (Honor Graduate) Award for having the highest grade point average.

Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training class #201401 are: Marcus J. Alford, Matthew B. Byars, Matthew F. Cowan, James T. Davis, Robin W. Graham, James D. Holland, Tisha M. Owens, Joshua W. VanDyke, and Robert T. White.

Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training class #201401 are: Back Row (from left to right) Robert T. White, Joshua  W. VanDyke, Tisha M. Owens, James D. Holland, and Robin W. Graham. Front Row (from left to right) James T. Davis, Matthew F. Cowan, Matthew B. Byars, and Marcus J. Alford
Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training class #201401 are: Back Row (from left to right) Robert T. White, Joshua W. VanDyke, Tisha M. Owens, James D. Holland, and Robin W. Graham. Front Row (from left to right) James T. Davis, Matthew F. Cowan, Matthew B. Byars, and Marcus J. Alford

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