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Georgia DPS Motor Carrier Compliance Division Graduates Eighth Motor Carrier School

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The Georgia Department of Public Safety’s Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) held graduation ceremonies for its 8th Motor Carrier Officer (MCO) School Friday, September 30, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth.

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Colonel Christopher Wright, Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety (DPS), delivered the graduation address and Lt. Colonel Billy Hitchens gave the oath of office. Governor Brian Kemp could not attend the ceremony; however, he sent a congratulatory video to the class.

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In an address to his fellow class members, Officer James Dawson, class president, reflected on the group’s tenacity in becoming MCCD Officers.  “We have made lifelong friends in each other during these trying times. Some of us have cried, laughed together, and lived together as roommates for 12 long weeks. However, we have become a stronger unit than we ever imagined,” said Dawson.

Four of the graduates received special honors for top performance in various proficiencies. The honorees were:

  • Driving Proficiency – Justin Guin
  • Firearms Proficiency – Justin Guin
  • Top Gun – Jacob Bagwell
  • Highest Academic Average – Colton Crawford

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Officer Crawford received a $1,000 scholarship toward 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: Officer James Dawson, President; Officer Nathaniel Jones, Vice President; Officer Jennifer Pyland, Secretary/Treasurer; Officer Colton Crawford, Pennant Bearer; and Officer Justin Guinn, Sergeant-at-Arms.

After 24 weeks of intense training, the 18 commissioned officers of the 8th Motor Carrier School will report to one of the 10 Regions throughout the state.

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Jacob Bagwell

Region A, Station 01

Cohen Bennett

Region I, Station 20

David Brown

Region D, Station 12

Christopher Cooley

Region D, Station 05

Colton Crawford

Region G, Station 19

James Dawson

Region A, Station 01

Justin Guin

Region E, Station 09

Daryl Harrison

Region H, Station 18

Nathaniel Jones

Region D, Station 10

Michael Kellis

Region A, Station 02

Isaiah Mack

Region F, Station 16

Elohim Mitchell

Region C, Station 07

Dariun Moody

Region F, Station 16

Jennifer Pyland

Region D, Station 06

Jacob Riner

Region I, Station 21

Cory Smith

Region D, Station 13

Hayden Smith

Region B, Station 03

Josiah Swing

Region J-North

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