In a large empty garage, the size of a football field, 18 Law Enforcement program graduates gathered sporting face masks and practicing social distancing to celebrate the moment at the Nampa Police Department on June 30.
LeRoy Forsman, Law Enforcement program Director, led the graduates and visitors in the Pledge of Allegiance to kick off the event.
“We are very pleased with how well the ceremony went,” said Forsman. “Our students and guests made this possible by respectfully following safety protocols. These graduates are bravely taking a major step toward their careers. They have committed to an ethical and professional future as guardians of their communities.”
Following remarks by Kevin Platts, Director of Public Safety programs, President Bert Glandon addressed the graduates expressing his gratitude to them as they embark on their careers.
“You are going to make a difference,” he said. “You need to know that. We support you and really appreciate your commitment.”
The keynote speaker at this year’s ceremony was Stacy Mowry, Senior Program Coordinator in the Law Enforcement program. He highlighted the significant changes in law enforcement over the decades and the amount of equipment and training students receive today, compared to his grandfather, a police officer in the 1950s. He also underscored the importance of never lying and be an ethical police office.
“Be the best officer and citizen you guys can be,” said Mowry. “Help who you can when you can. You are starting a profession that will absolutely leave the world a better place than you found it.”