On Thursday, Nov. 12, friends and family gathered at the Conference Center located at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Gordon County Campus to honor the students graduating from the Law Enforcement Academy.
During the ceremony, seven law enforcement officers graduated from the program. Advisory board members, chiefs, sheriffs, and fellow law enforcement officers from the Northwest Georgia region and beyond also were in attendance at the ceremony.
The proceedings began with Jim Pledger, director of the Law enforcement Academy at GNTC, welcoming guests and praising students for their achievement
“I’m really proud of this group,” said Pledger. “As you can see a majority of them are wearing a uniform which means that they have already been hired.”
The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Greg Ramey, special agent in charge of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) Region 1 Calhoun Field Office.
Ramey began his career with the GBI in the Region 6 Milledgeville Office from 1985 to 1989 and the Region 1 Calhoun Office from 1989 to 2001. He was also the regional narcotics specialist from 1991 to 1997 and was the Region 1 child abuse specialist from 1997 to 2002.
In 2002, Ramey was the case agent for the Tri State Crematory Investigation and later that year he was promoted to the rank of assistant special agent in charge and transferred to the Haralson Paulding Drug Task Force. He transferred to the Region 1 Calhoun Office in 2009 as the assistant special agent in charge and was promoted to special agent in charge of the Canton Regional Drug Enforcement Office in 2012. The following year Ramey returned to the Region 1 Office as special agent in charge.
Ramey told the graduates to never stop pushing themselves to do better.
“My challenge to you is to demand from yourself personal integrity, accountability, commitment, and performance that positively impacts your department and your community,” said Ramey.
Bruce W. Brott, II was the student speaker for the ceremony. Brott thanked all the instructors and staff members from GNTC and all of the members of law enforcement that worked with the academy during training.
“You really instilled a lot on us during training and built a good foundation for us to further build upon and start careers,” said Brott.
Matthew A. Hicks was presented with the “Top Gun” award for excellence in marksmanship and Anthony M. Owensreceived the Academic (Honor Graduate) Award for having the highest grade point average.
Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201502 are Bruce W. Brott, II, William M. Guthridge, Matthew A. Hicks, Mitchell B. Massingill, Anthony M. Owens, David M. Rayborn, and Tyler J. Ware.