The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office Junior Sheriff’s Academy’s first class held it’s graduation ceremony on June 28. There were 12 graduates in the class.
They were instructed on topics such as Sheriff’s Office structure, domestic violence, gang awareness, controlled substances, crime scene investigation, constitutional law and other vital subjects. The most physical part of the academy was when the cadets actually got the chance to do cadence and physical fitness.
The guest speaker for the ceremony was Eastern District U.S. Marshal Scott Parker. Parker spoke to the group about an old adage, you can do anything that you set your mind to doing and you can be whatever you want to be just don’t give up. He told them how he grew up in the same surroundings they’re in right now. Parker is a native of Rocky Mount, and he also attended a Junior Academy similar to this one.
The Sheriff’s Office is currently hosting it’s second Junior Sheriff’s Academy that started July 8, and will end on July 19. Sheriff Knight would like to thank the students and officers that participated in making the first Junior Sheriff’s Academy the success that it was.
“Thanks also to the parents that trusted us with the care of their children,” he said. “We hope that we made a positive impact on them in the time we had them.”