FOR THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
The Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office Junior Sheriff’s Academy’s first class held it’s graduation ceremony on June 28. There were twelve 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 US 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 Edgecombe's.
The Sheriff’s Office is currently hosting it’s second Junior Sheriff’s Academy that started Monday and will end on July 19. Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight thanked the students and officers who participated in making the first Junior Sheriff’s Academy a success.
"Thanks also to the parents that trusted us with the care of their children," Knight said. "We hope that we made a positive impact on them in the time we had them."