The Georgia Department of Public Safety Motor Carrier Compliance Division recently hosted a graduation for the 5th and 6th Motor Carrier Schools.
DPS held the ceremonies at the GPSTC facility in Forsyth on January 15th.
Graduations were doubled up due to the postponement of the 5th Motor Carrier School graduation, which would have been held in March 2020 had it not been for the COVID-19 pandemic.
The graduations come after both classes completed a 24 week intensive training program. While the 5th School has already been at work for almost a year, the 6th members are now headed to their new posts in various places around the state.
Governor Kemp was present for the ceremony and offered the keynote speech. He also issued the oaths of officer for the new graduates. Additionally, remarks were given by Colonel Chris Wright, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, and Lt. Andrew Montgomery, MCCD Training Coordinator.
5th MCO School
- Driving Proficiency – Officer Tucker Porter
- Highest Academic Average – Officer Christopher Gammon
6th MCO School
- Driving Proficiency – Officer Michael Smith
- Firearms Proficiency – Officer Michael Smith
- Highest Academic Average – Officer Erin Johnson
- Top Gun – Officer Michael Smith
Officers Gammon and Johnson each received a $1,000 scholarship towards a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Reinhardt University for having the highest academic average in his class.
Additionally, the following graduates were recognized for their leadership:
5th: Officer Christopher Gammon, President; Officer Justin Price, Treasurer; Officer Timothy Shafer, Chaplain; and Officer Brandon Lumley, Pennant Bearer.
6th: Officer Brandon Brown, President; Officer Kolby Lynch, Chaplin/Treasurer; Officer Brandon Brown, Sergeant-at-Arms; and Officer Erin Johnson, Pennant Bearer.
Each commissioned Officer of the 6th MCO School will report to the following assigned Region: