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Third POTA class is sworn in at Augusta Technical College

Judge Danny Craig officiates the swearing-in at Augusta Tech's Peace Officers Training Academy Ceremony

Many friends and family members gathered on the Augusta Technical College campus auditorium today to support and celebrate the third class to finish the Peace Officers Training Academy (POTA).

Academy Director, Ken Jones, recognized all of the guests that included several law enforcement officers and directors. Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Rick Hall welcomed everyone to the college and then Vice-President of Administrative Services, Janice Richardson, introduced the Honorable Judge Danny Craig.

Craig reminded the students of how their jobs would be different every day and that they would come in contact with people from all walks of life. He told them how important work ethics and character would play into their jobs.

"You will make decisions that will impact others lives on a daily basis and it could dramatically change their lives forever," said Craig.

In his closing remarks, he reflected on some comments given to him by law enforcement officers that he had seen earlier today...he passed on to the students how important it was to give your 100 percent dedication to your job and when you leave each day to give 100 percent dedication to your family.

After Judge Craig spoke to the students, Jones and Academy Instructor Alfonzo Williams gave out several awards to the class including Top Gun Student, Best Attitude and Best Driver.

Then family members and invited guests pinned the students. Marquita Strickland, a student from Waynesboro was pleased to have along with her family, Greg Coursey, Burke County Sheriff share in her special day.

Judge Craig ended the ceremony by swearing-in the candidates.

The next class starts July 28.

Contact Augusta Tech at or call the Academy at 706-792-9044.

Web posted on Thursday, June 24, 2010

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