February 11, 2018
ACADEMY BATCH #03 GRADUATION CEREMONY
By Deputy Sheriff III Jeffrey Ricketts • #274
Academy Batch #3 Graduation - © SANN CEO Pippa Ashworth
It is that time of the season again. For the first time in the year 2018, the graduation ceremony for Academy Batch #03 was held in the Ceremony Hall of Dillimore Sheriff’s Office. These Deputy Sheriff Generalists, who endured some of the most intense and lengthy forms of training, succeeded in their formal welcoming as full-time deputy sheriff’s within the San Andreas County Sheriff’s Office. From 5 January to 16 January, the Recruitment and Training Unit received a total of 51 applications. Whilst a select few of these applications fell under the were duplicates, a total of 41 separate applicants had applied. Out of the said number, 23 applicants had actually succeeded in making it to the academic stage. Only 16 of these academy students were able to take and pass their exams, where they were forwarded to the Field Training Stage on January 25. Only 12 of these academy students were able to meet expectations and endure the high set standards, with those who sat the Field Training Exam achieving majority success, with a positive pass rate of 92.3%.
FTU Graduation Statistics - © Captain Christopher Kenway
Before proceeding to the ins and outs of the graduation ceremony, although a significant amount of Generalists were unable to attend the ceremony, we would like to congratulate the following deputies in their push to progress through serving their community and State, as they are now serving within our ranks!
- Arthur Henderson
- Peyton Blonde
- Jonathan Donaldson
- Sebastian King
- Oliver Moareno
- Joseph Corey
- Franklin Prinz
- Esteban Herrera
- Henry Greene
- Jason Auclair
- Vanessa Dean
- John McDowall
- Jason Radley
The ceremony took off at 4:00 this afternoon, with spectators settling themselves into the seats at the San Andreas County Sheriff's Office's ceremony hall. The Generalists were marched in under the command of Lead Detective Claude Fowler over to the front of the ceremony hall, where they were placed in order before handing over the spotlight to Captain Christopher Kenway. The Captain took us through the entire academic process, creating somewhat of a story as to how the Generalists ended up where they are now, and highlighting the obstacles they faced they were able to overcome.
Following on from this, the microphone was passed over to Sheriff Deacon Bohannon, who expressed nothing besides pure delight and gratification in his speech. In his speech, he thanked all those who attended the ceremony, seeming very pleased by the fact that the graduation ceremony was not delayed due to uncontrollable emergencies, which consequently delayed the previous graduation of Academy Batch #2 by one hour and thirty minutes. Bohannon proceeded to reflect upon the future of the department, and particularly the role that the graduating Generalists play in preserving the integrity and showing dedication in the department. And most importantly, letting them know that now is the start of a long and opportunity-filled experience.
Bohannon delivering his speech - © SANN CEO Pippa Ashworth
Coming after the speech was the special awards. As per usual, a total of three awards were awarded to three Generalists based on their score in the academic exam, exceptional performance, and most improvement on the field. Congratulations on their achievement, the list goes as follows:
High Achiever Award - Jason Auclair
Exceptional Generalist Award - Peyton Blonde
Most Improved Generalist Award - Henry Greene
Auclair receiving his award - © SANN CEO Pippa Ashworth
After the special awards were handed out, the graduates repeated the oath after Sheriff Bohannon, formally swearing themselves in as law enforcement officers within the San Andreas County Sheriff's Office. The oath is as follows:
I, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States; and the Constitution of the State of San Andreas, against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Consitution of the State of San Andreas; that I take this obligation freely. Without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter, as a Deputy of the San Andreas County Sheriff's Office, so help me God.
Generalists repeat the Oath - © SANN CEO Pippa Ashworth
After the reciting of the oath, the crowd applauded the recent graduates in their success, wishing them good luck in their journey ahead of them.
After exiting the ceremony hall, Deputy Richard Hill was able to obtain a few statements from our recent graduates Sebastian King, John McDowall, and Jason Auclair, to get their opinion on how they found their time and what they look forward to in serving the San Andreas County Sheriff's Office.