News 12 First at Five / Wednesday, June 26, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's a proud day and a moment Jeremy Anderson can breathe that sigh of relief.
"It's a great relief off my shoulders," he said.
He's graduating today from an 18-week training program.
"The stress all through the academy, passing all the tests and doing all the qualifications and stuff," Anderson explained.
From shooting a gun to defense tactics, these 15 students are learning it all to prepare them for the next step in their journey. That, hopefully, will land them at a local law enforcement agency like the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
"Four that I know of that went through this program and they've said it's a great program," he said.
Kenneth Jones agrees. He's the director of the Peace Officers Training Academy.
"We have well over 100 officers working in the CSRA," Jones said.
Jones watches his ninth class get sworn in on Wednesday. It's a moment he says he's always excited to see.
"They will be certified after today to work for any state agency, police agency in basic law enforcement in the state of Georgia," he said.
That means more hands in local law enforcement.
"A big portion of our applicants, our graduates will apply with Richmond County Sheriff's," Jones said.
It's the first step Anderson is taking to work his way to the top.
"I applied to Columbia County and Grovetown's," Anderson said.
And with that training, his also getting the education.
"From the classroom to out in the field, driving, the shooting, the hardest part was getting past all the academic stuff," the cadet said.
But the good news is that Anderson gets a year of college under his belt that transfers back to his associate's degree.
A bonus to a career in law enforcement Anderson has always wanted and is willing to do whatever it takes to get.
"Just trying to get out there and continue my career and make a name for myself," Anderson said.