GNTC Law En­force­ment Academy Grad­u­a­tion for Class #201701 held Tues­day, Oct. 31

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Eleven Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Tech­ni­cal Col­lege ( GNTC) law en­force­ment stu­dents grad­u­ated from Ba­sic Law En­force­ment Training Class # 201701 on Tues­day, Oct. 31, dur­ing a cer­e­mony held at the con­fer­ence cen­ter on the Gor­don County Cam­pus.

Friends, fam­ily, ad­vi­sory board mem­bers, chiefs, sher­iffs, com­mu­nity lead­ers, and fel­low law en­force­ment of­fi­cers from across the North­west Ge­or­gia re­gion also were in at­ten­dance at the cer­e­mony in Cal­houn to honor the grad­u­ates.

The pro­ceed­ings be­gan with Jim Pledger, di­rec­tor of the Law En­force­ment Academy at GNTC, wel­com­ing guests and in­tro­duc­ing cur­rent and for­mer staff from the academy.

The key­note speaker at the cer­e­mony was Ken­neth Dodd, po­lice chief of the Polk County Po­lice Depart­ment.

Dodd be­gan his law en­force­ment ca­reer as a jailer for the Floyd County Sher­iff’s Of­fice in 1991. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from the Po­lice Academy at Floyd Ju­nior Col­lege ( now Ge­or­gia High­lands Col­lege) in 1992, he be­came a deputy sher­iff.

In 1994, Dodd be­came a pa­trol­man at the Polk County Po­lice Depart­ment and worked his way up to po­lice chief in 2008.

Dodd re­minded the grad­u­ates that char­ac­ter is a key at­tribute of be­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

“The most im­por­tant skills in be­ing a cop are hon­esty, in­tegrity, and courage,” said Dodd. “That has ev­ery­thing to do with your at­ti­tude and how you ap­proach things, so I en­cour­age you to have a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude ev­ery day.”

Billy F. Smith III was the stu­dent speaker for the cer­e­mony.

“When we first met, we were dif­fer­ent peo­ple with dif­fer­ent back­grounds all pur­su­ing a ca­reer in law en­force­ment,” said Smith. “We would all rise to­gether and face each chal­lenge as a team.”

Smith also was pre­sented with the “Top Gun” Award for ex­cel­lence in marks­man­ship. Jonathan L. DeFoor re­ceived the Aca­demic (Honor Grad­u­ate) Award for hav­ing the high­est grade point av­er­age.

Grad­u­ates of GNTC’s Ba­sic Law En­force­ment Training Class # 201701 are: Sa­muel H. Clem­mons, Jonathan L. DeFoor, Josiah E. Hemm, Kas­sidy J. Kirby, Kin­sey P. Morin, Jeffrey S. Ni­chol­son, Franz E. Orozco Avila, Jason L. Phillips, Billy F. Smith, III, Alexis D. Stan­ley, and Nigel P. Tor­res.

Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Tech­ni­cal Col­lege pro­vides qual­ity work­force ed­u­ca­tion to the cit­i­zens of North­west Ge­or­gia. Stu­dents have the op­por­tu­nity to earn an as­so­ciate de­gree, diploma, or a cer­tifi­cate in busi­ness, health, in­dus­trial, or public ser­vice ca­reer paths. This past year, 14,151 peo­ple ben­e­fited from GNTC’s credit and non­credit pro­grams. With an an­nual credit en­roll­ment of 7,956 stu­dents, GNTC is the largest col­lege in North­west Ge­or­gia. GNTC has an ad­di­tional en­roll­ment of 6,195 peo­ple through adult ed­u­ca­tion, con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion, busi­ness and in­dus­try training, and Ge­or­gia Quick Start. For more in­for­ma­tion about GNTC, visit us at GNTC. edu or con­tact a Stu­dent Help Cen­ter on any one of our six cam­pus lo­ca­tions at 866- 9834682. GNTC is a unit of the Tech­ni­cal Col­lege Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia and an Equal Op­por­tu­nity In­sti­tu­tion.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Grad­u­ates of Ba­sic Law En­force­ment Training Class #201701 are: Front row (from left to right) Jeffrey S. Ni­chol­son, Kin­sey P. Morin, Kas­sidy J. Kirby, Alexis D. Stan­ley, and Nigel P. Tor­res. Back row (from left to right) Jonathan L. DeFoor, Jason L. Phillips, Sa­muel H. Clem­mons, Franz E. Orozco Avila, Josiah E. Hemm, and Billy F. Smith III.

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