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Basic Law Enforcement: Next Classes This May

GNTC Academy Helping Future Officers Trained, Bonuses To Sign

(Northwest Georgia) – Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) latest Basic Law Enforcement Academy graduates have a chance to see some serious cash. If they start their new career in Northwest Georgia, several agencies are now rewarding properly trained men and women just for signing their name on the dotted line.

 

The City of Dalton, Georgia Police Department is the latest agency to add a cash incentive to new officers just entering the field. It will require a three-year commitment from the new signee, but it’s a perk of the job that many will look forward to. A certified new officer could be eligible for a $4,000 signing bonus.

 

“A sign-on bonus could basically replace the out of pocket expenses the student accrued or pay off any student loans that were necessary to pay tuition,” said GNTC Basic Law Enforcement Academy Director Jim Pledger. “Those who have attended college can all relate to the stress of having to repay college loans. So basically, if the student is hired by an organization offering a sign-on bonus, they get the double benefit of being employed in their chosen field and being college debt free.”

 

Dalton, Georgia police officer Brandon Daugherty is the Recruiting and Community Involvement Officer for his department. “This is a Tuition Reimbursement Program to attract pre-service candidates to our agency,” said Daugherty. “Anyone who paid their way through the academy and recently graduated may qualify.  This offer is for new graduates that are certified.   It does not apply to certified candidates that are already employed at another agency.”

 

One way to get certified is through an academy like the one at GNTC. “The unique thing about GNTC is that the graduate not only gets their State Law Enforcement Certification, they also earn 42 semester hours that are transferable to our Criminal Justice program,” said Pledger. “Upon graduation, they are immediately employable and are more than half way to an associate’s degree in the field. Many agencies offer pay incentives for education, too.”

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“One of the latest groups of Georgia Northwestern Technical College Basic Law Enforcement Academy graduates pose for a picture. The program lasts approximately six months. Successful completion leads to a state certification and earns credit hours towards a Criminal Justice degree.”

Currently, Dalton, Georgia, the county seat of Whitfield County, Georgia, has more than 33,000 residents. Nearly 90 officers are currently on the force in the Northwest Georgia town. Law enforcement agencies will often hire a candidate and then send them to a state training facility for certification.

 

“If a new hire isn’t able to earn certification, the person may lose their job,” said Pledger. “Economics are starting to change this process because it is so expensive for the agency. Plus, if the student is not happy with the job and wishes to leave, the new officer may have to reimburse the agency for their training.”

 

If someone enrolls in the GNTC Law Enforcement Program, they take part in a six-month training that leads to state certification without the risk of jeopardizing a new job. “A technical college academy combines the State of Georgia law enforcement curriculum with the academics associated with Criminal Justice,” added Pledger. “And now, students are spending more time in high risk areas in order to develop critical thinking skills needed to make solid decisions in today’s tense climate.”

 

For more information on Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy, contact their main office at 706-378-1728. For information online, visit the college at GNTC.edu, as well as on their Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

 

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

GNTC Law Enforcement Academy Graduation Held Thursday, July 15

 

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Graduates of Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201601 are: Back row (from left to right) Laura F. Williamson, Matthew T. Touhy, Philip M. Parker, and Charles K. Humphrey. Front Row (from left to right) Thomas S. Gray, Caleb A. Chambers, Preston L. Barfield, and Ashley L. Bailey.

 

(Calhoun, GA) – Friends, family, and the community gathered at the Conference Center located at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) Gordon County Campus to honor students graduating from Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201601 on Thursday, July 15.

 

During the ceremony, eight law enforcement officers were recognized in front of a standing room only crowd. Advisory board members, chiefs, sheriffs, community leaders, 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 introducing current and former staff from the academy.

 

“Everyone that teaches here has a lot of experience and we pass that along to our students,” said Pledger.

 

The keynote speaker at the ceremony was Sheriff Mitch Ralston of the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Ralston became Sheriff in 2009 and his law enforcement career spans over 27 years. He served on the Georgia State Patrol for 18 years which included serving on the SWAT team, DUI taskforce, and a number of other different assignments.

 

He is a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association, National Constitutional Officers’ Association, Young Farmers Association, Red Carpet Cattlemen’s Association, Coosawattee Masonic Lodge #306 F&AM, and Yaarab Shriners.

 

Ralston reminded the graduates that the image they portray is a very important component of law enforcement.

 

“Your integrity is your career,” said Ralston. “The way you conduct yourself on and off duty is a reflection of your department.”

 

Laura F. Williamson was the student speaker for the ceremony.

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Laura F. Williamson, student speaker for the graduation ceremony of Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201601, presents Jim Pledger, director of the Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC, with a plaque from the class.

Caleb A. Chambers was presented with the “Top Gun” award for excellence in marksmanship and Preston L. Barnfield received the Academic (Honor Graduate) Award for having the highest grade point average.

 

Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201501 are: Graduates of GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Training Class #201601 are Ashley L. Bailey, Preston L. Barfield, Caleb A. Chambers, Thomas S. Gray, Charles K. Humphrey, Philip M. Parker, Matthew T. Touhy, and Laura F. Williamson.

 

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, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

Local Media Experiences Gun Simulator with GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement

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Seen here at the GNTC Basic Law Enforcement facility in Calhoun, Georgia are, from left, AM1180’s Bonnie Kinnamont, Chattooga County’s Sheriff Mark Schrader, Chattooga County Deputy Josh Powell and GNTC Basic Law Enforcement Director Jim Pledger.


Written by Bonnie Kinnamont (Courtesy Chattooga AM1180)

Courtesy: Chattooga AM1180
 

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, AM1180 employees, Bonnie Kinnamont and Kelly Jones had the opportunity to attend a gun simulator course at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Calhoun campus. Accompanied by Sheriff Mark Schrader and Chattooga County Sheriff’s Department Communications Officer Josh Powell, Bonnie and Kelly experienced first hand what it’s like to be in a dangerous, high stress environment while having to make decisions in a split second.

 

The simulator is the same one used by Georgia Northwestern Technical College to train students going through the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at the college’s Gordon County Campus. Typically, a graduate from a police academy will undergo 10-11 weeks of education and training. However, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has a 22-week program that prepares students physically, legally, mentally and arms them with the knowledge necessary to be able to handle any situation they may experience in the field.

 

Program Director of the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, James Pledger, led the course walking Bonnie and Kelly through a series of interactive videos subjecting the women to real life situations encountered by officers on a daily basis. The Gun Simulator is equipped with a large screen on which the interactive scenario is projected via an overhead projector. Students are given a .45 caliber pistol equipped with a laser that communicates with the software. The pistol is an actual gun without the firing mechanism, allowing the student to experience what it’s like to use their service weapon realistically.

 

With hundreds of scenarios, Pledger selected a video encouraging Bonnie and Kelly to communicate with the individuals on screen and be prepared to decide what they would do when immersed in the situation just like a police officer.

 

With the lights off, the screen acts as a virtual reality experience placing the women in a variety of real life scenarios. The first is a school setting. Moving through the hallways, commotion can be heard as a classroom is approached. Upon entry, Bonnie encounters a teenage boy with a gun to his temple, two students lay facedown on the ground at the young man’s feet. The young man begins yelling at Bonnie as she tries to calm him down. The male student becomes increasingly agitated as Bonnie continues to tell him to put the gun down and calm down.

 

Before Bonnie is even able to react, the student turns the gun on her and pulls the trigger. In shock, she stares at the screen wondering how in the world this happened so quickly. The video stops and the Pledger explains how in a situation where a threat is clearly present and individuals are already injured or dead, discharging your weapon to neutralize the threat is justified. The experience shows how quickly an officer has to judge a situation and be able to react in order to neutralize that threat and eliminate the endangerment of others.

 

The next video is a traffic stop on a dirt road. The vehicle occupant emerges visibly angry that he’s been pulled over. He begins throwing his hands up and yelling at the officer (Bonnie Kinnamont) to leave him alone and bother someone else. Bonnie tells him to calm down but the man turns reaches in his vehicle and as he begins to point a gun at Bonnie, she discharges her weapon shooting the man. The scenario illustrates how quickly an ordinary traffic stop can turn life threatening. Once again, it is the duty of these men and women who serve in the Police Force to neutralize the threat in an effort to not only protect civilians but themselves as well.

 

Next, Kelly picks up the gun and stands in front of the screen. The scene is behind a store with what looks like a man trying to break into an SUV. Approaching the man, Kelly asks him to step away from the vehicle to which he calmly responds, “Oh no, it’s okay. It’s my car.” Again, Kelly asks him to step away so they can verify it is indeed his vehicle and the man explains that he’s locked his keys in the car in the ignition. At this point, it’s clear he’s becoming irritated as he walks to the back of the vehicle. You can hear something drop and he comes back around the corner but now he has a gun pointed at Kelly. She shoots instinctively eliminating the threat. An interaction that began calmly quickly turned deadly and the ability to react quickly is imperative in the situation.

 

Kelly’s next scene is in another school where students are scattered through the hallways. A girl’s scream can be heard as you see her with her face in the corner, hands covering the sides of her head. Barely visible, a young man points a gun around the corner, Kelly instinctively fires as the video halts. The speed with which everything played out is unimaginable. The threat presented and the fear of hitting the young lady standing dangerously to the threat is overwhelming.

 

Going through several more scenarios, it’s clear that the environments and situations that the members of the police force are subjected to on a daily basis can rage from  your typical traffic stop to a domestic violence situation to a high stress environment such as a school shooting. The ability to diffuse a situation with clear, concise thinking and quick decision making skills is of the utmost importance. These officers walk into these situations every single day not knowing what the outcome may be.

 

The last scenario is another school. Students are pouring from a classroom as Bonnie intently tries to gauge where the shooting is coming from. Students are already face down in the hallway injured or dead as more students pour from the doorway. It’s overwhelming not knowing which student is the source of all this chaos. The last student to emerge from the door is a young boy, he looks to be about 10 or 11, dark hair and tan skin. A gun hangs by his side in his hand, his face full of misery as he looks at the officer and says, “I’m sorry, I didn’t want to do it…” The gun is pointed in the officer’s face before she even realizes it as the young man pulls the trigger. Frozen, she stares at the screen.

 

It’s difficult not to be emotional seeing such a young person in such a terrible situation. Your heart aches wanting to be able to fix it for this young man but as an officer who has sworn to protect and serve, it is that Officer’s sole responsibility to neutralize that threat to ensure no one else is killed or hurt. It’s heartbreaking to know these men and women have to deal with these situations every single day but it sheds light on the reality of what they are faced with and the decisions they have to make in order to ensure protection.

 

Being able to experience the Gun Simulator really gives a higher level of appreciation and respect to the individuals who put on that uniform every single day and patrol our streets. It’s difficult to even imagine being in their shoes, especially after the simulator. As a mother, a daughter, a friend, I have no idea what I would do. If encountered with these situations in real life, could I make the decision necessary to protect others or would I freeze in fear like I did in front of that screen?

 

The Gun Simulator helps to shine a light on the reality of a day in the life of a police officer. The experience leaves one with a renewed respect and completely different outlook on these men and women who put themselves in the line of danger on a daily basis. With a new outlook and great respect, we appreciate each and every one of the members of our Local Law Enforcement.

Training for the Streets at GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy

A New Breed of Officer Prepares for Tomorrow

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“Calhoun Police Officer Hannah Graham, right, poses with Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Basic Law Enforcement Academy Director Jim Pledger. The two stopped for an interview in one of the classrooms used for academy study on the Gordon County Campus of GNTC.”


(Calhoun, Georgia)
– You’ve seen the videos on the Internet and your television. Videos of what appear to be law enforcement officers using what some call, “excessive force.” Some of the situations have turned fatal for officers and suspects, alike.

Although a video doesn’t tell the entire story of what is taking place in a situation, it does bring to light a topic that the Basic Law Enforcement Academy (B.L.E.) at Georgia Northwestern Technical College takes extremely seriously. It’s all about the use of force exhibited by officers.

“Every 22 weeks, we bring a brand new group of recruits into the academy,” said Jim Pledger, Director of the GNTC B.L.E. Academy. “Teaching these young men and women about the realities of a life in law enforcement is something we take incredibly serious. And fortunately, we’ve been blessed enough to be able to properly train so many regarding the use of force and all that comes with it.”

The last three classes to complete the academy at GNTC have benefited from the training. Every single graduate from those previous groups were placed into a career. “We get calls from across the state asking for quality candidates for openings that law enforcement agencies need to fill now,”  said Pledger. “They are talking to candidates before they even graduate.”

One graduate that is close to home and fell into that category is 24-year-old Hannah Graham. The former Coosa High School (Rome, Georgia) athletic standout is now patrolling the streets of Calhoun, Georgia. In her second year on the force in Gordon County, Graham has already put her academy training and athletic instincts to work in the line of duty.

“I’ve only had one arrest really get physical,” said Graham. “The suspect appeared to be under the influence of something and was having a bad ‘high’. After the suspect sobered up, that person asked for me to visit them in the hospital and apologized to me for being physically aggressive toward me. It’s not a personal thing when a suspect acts out. You have to keep it that way. I’ve learned a lot from the academy and Calhoun Police Department in that regard.”

The United States Bureau of Justice Statistics defines “use of force” as the amount of effort required by law enforcement to gain compliance from an unwilling subject. When it becomes excessive, according to the same source, is when that effort is beyond what is reasonably believed to be necessary to gain the same level of compliance.

“It’s about teaching the future officer how to control a situation,” said Pledger. “We are teaching these students to apply force when it is required. And also, showing them what kind of force is necessary and reasonable in doing the job.”

Graham, currently in her fifth year with the U.S. Army National Guard, says she knows just how serious the academy is about handling these potentially dangerous situations, adequately and appropriately. “Any suspect trying to get away is not necessarily attempting to hurt the officer,” said Graham. “They simply don’t want to be detained and are trying free themselves.”

During the “Use of Force” section of training at the Calhoun, Georgia-based academy, students learn first-hand how to deal with a physical situation with a suspect. “Use of force isn’t about someone being angry and fighting them,” stated Pledger. “It’s about controlling a situation with only the amount of force that is necessary. Anytime you go beyond that boundary, then you are violating the fourth amendment involving search and seizure; as well as due process.”

The constitution does not require a person walking down the street to speak with a police officer, unless there is suspicion of something taking place that shouldn’t. “However, if it’s the middle of the night and we see someone prowling through something behind Wal-Mart, and we ask, can we talk with you for a moment? If they say no, now we can seize them because we have a suspicion that something is going on,” said Pledger.

Stories of suspects being hurt while in the custody of law enforcement agencies are all too common across the country these days. But as the academy’s director teaches the students, the job is about more than protecting the innocent. “Once I have you in custody, you’re in custody,” said Pledger. “And now, it’s my job to protect you and make sure you get to where you need to be, safely. Once I have you in handcuffs, I have no right to ‘get you back’. We have defensive tactic classes that teach the right way to handle this. Everyone has rights that are to be respected.”

Graham, who started working night shift for the Calhoun Police Department just two days after her graduation from the GNTC B.LE. Academy, looks at the sensitive situation like this. “I ask my friends if they have ever visited a doctor that they felt wasn’t that good,” said Graham. “I then ask if they think, as a result, that all doctors must be bad. And, of course, they don’t think that. So, if a few officers in the world are accused of questionable practice, that doesn’t mean every officer is going to be that way. We do what we do because we care about the town. We really do care about the people.”

Her own family are among those she is working for every time she hits the streets. Of course, she has seen the good and the bad when it comes to those closest to her, just like everyone else. She has had several family members sentenced to prison during her life time. “It’s played a part in my decision to pursue law enforcement,” said Graham. “The important part of this job is to just let the people know we are here and will do what’s necessary, if and when the time comes.”

The Floyd County, Georgia native will take a hiatus from her police duties. Later this year, her U.S. Army National Guard unit will be called up to active duty. It’s a deployment that is expected to send her overseas. “They say her job will still be there for her when she returns from her military obligation,” said Pledger. “Calhoun’s Chief (Garry) Moss met with her before her graduation and was sold on her right away. She’s been with them for two years now.”

“I’ve always wanted to be a police officer,” said Graham. “Everybody wanted to be a police officer or a firefighter when I was younger. It all just sort of worked out for me. A friend of mine went through the (B.L.E.) academy a year before I did and talked me into going, too. Everything has just fit together for me.”

The final day to apply for the next academy is February 1. Classes begin February 8. Call 706.378.1728 or e-mail dmcclelland@gntc.edu for information.

For more information on Basic Law Enforcement Academy at Georgia Northwestern, contact them at 706.378.1728. Or, you can contact the main line at GNTC at 866.983.4682 (GNTC). For information online, visit them at GNTC.edu, as well as on their Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, WordPress, and YouTube channels. GNTC is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and an equal opportunity institute.

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has provided degrees, diplomas, and certificates in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

GNTC Law Enforcement Academy Graduation

Jim Pledger (right), director of the Law enforcement Academy at GNTC, congratulates Tyler J. Ware (left) for graduating from GNTC’s Law Enforcement Academy.
Jim Pledger (right), director of the Law enforcement Academy at GNTC, congratulates Tyler J. Ware (left) for graduating from GNTC’s Law Enforcement Academy.

November 12 Ceremony on the Gordon County Campus

(Calhoun, GA) – 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.

 

Graduates of GNTC’s Law Enforcement Academy, Training Class #201502,are (from left to right) Matthew A. Hicks, Anthony M. Owens, William M. Guthridge, Tyler J. Ware, Mitchell B. Massingill, Bruce W. Brott, II, and David M. Rayborn.
Graduates of GNTC’s Law Enforcement Academy, Training Class #201502,are (from left to right) Matthew A. Hicks, Anthony M. Owens, William M. Guthridge, Tyler J. Ware, Mitchell B. Massingill, Bruce W. Brott, II, and David M. Rayborn.

 

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.
Matthew A. Hicks was presented with the “Top Gun” award for excellence in marksmanship.

Matthew A. Hicks was presented with the “Top Gun” award for excellence in marksmanship and Anthony M. Owens received 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.

 

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities.  Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC.  This past year, 14,562 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 8,249 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in the state of Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,313 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

Fall Classes Are Two Weeks Away, What’s Your Plan?

Still wondering what career your headed for? Check out a web production of a behind-the-scenes look at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC.

Georgia Northwestern Honors Basic Law Enforcement Graduates

Rome’s Crosby Named Top Gun, Top Graduate

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(Calhoun, Georgia) – Rome, Georgia’s Tyler Crosby received Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) “Top Gun” and top student awards at GNTC’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy graduation ceremony November 20.

GNTC Basic Law Enforcement Academy Director Jim Pledger recognized Crosby as the top student by awarding him the program’s Academic Award. Crosby also received the “Top Gun” Award which recognizes excellence in marksmanship amongst his peers.

Justin Bohannon, Crosby, Amethyst Dunn, Patrick Dupree, Aaron Grant, Alejandro Hernandez, Wesley Holland, Luis Otalora Murcia, and Johnny Peterson were the nine recruits who made it through the duration of the academy’s program held on the Gordon County Campus of GNTC in Calhoun, Georgia.

Rep. Trey Kelly (R-Cedartown), an attorney with the Parker and Lundy Law Firm in Cedartown, Georgia, was the ceremony’s guest speaker. Kelly began his public office service with the Georgia House of Representatives in 2012.

Recruits receive training in everything from criminal investigation to firearms to ethics and liability issues. For more information on the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at GNTC, call (706) 378-1728. You can also e-mail the program’s director at jpledger@gntc.edu.

Approximately 16,000 people benefit from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs, making it the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in Georgia. Georgia Northwestern offers classes on-campus or online throughout the year. GNTC serves Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties in Georgia with campuses located in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties.

“Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Basic Law Enforcement honored their most recent class of graduates on November 20. Shown, from left, are GNTC Basic Law Enforcement Academy Administrative Assistant Delores McClellan, GNTC Basic Law Enforcement Academy Director Jim Pledger, Amethyst Dunn, Aaron Grant, Luis Otalora-Murcia, Alejandro Hernandez, Tyler Crosby, John Peterson, Patrick Dupree, Keith Holland, GNTC Basic Law Enforcement Academy Class Coordinator Jonathan Parker, Alex Bohannon, and Calhoun Police Department Detective Sergeant Tom Petty.”
“Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Basic Law Enforcement honored their most recent class of graduates on November 20. Shown, from left, are GNTC Basic Law Enforcement Academy Administrative Assistant Delores McClellan, GNTC Basic Law Enforcement Academy Director Jim Pledger, Amethyst Dunn, Aaron Grant, Luis Otalora-Murcia, Alejandro Hernandez, Tyler Crosby, John Peterson, Patrick Dupree, Keith Holland, GNTC Basic Law Enforcement Academy Class Coordinator Jonathan Parker, Alex Bohannon, and Calhoun Police Department Detective Sergeant Tom Petty.”

Basic Law Enforcement Academy – Your Career Begins Here!

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