Class 11 of College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Law Enforcement program were honored during a ceremony, May 11, 2022, at the Nampa Civic Center. Program Director, LeRoy Forsman, began the evening expressing appreciation to program leadership, staff, and instructors, past and present, for making the program such a success. He then offered words of advice and encouragement to students.
Keynote speaker, Lieutenant Jamie Burns, a 21-year veteran of the Nampa Police Department and one of the many instructors from the law enforcement community teaching at CWI, advised the graduates to remember those who have and will continue to support their journey as they prepare to embark on careers. Speaking to family members in the audience and quoting his wife, he said, “You will be proud of them in a way that you’ve never been proud of them before. You will watch them grow before your eyes, and it will all be worth it. This will be an immensely fulfilling journey for you and your family. Enjoy the ride, and congratulations.”
Graduates were presented with completion certificates, challenge coins, and awards for top achievements:
- Top Shooter – Hunter Chambers
- Top Driver – Carly Karcher
- Top Academic – Aaron Izaguirre
“You will be the agents of change,” said Forsman in closing. “You will be the reason we get better, we continue to improve, and our ethical standards continue to rise and not be diminished.”
“Think back to day one all the way to today,” he continued. “You have earned something. It wasn’t given to you. When you earn something, it means more. Now keep it close to your heart. Go out, do a good job, and welcome to the family.”