Eight Cherokee County law enforcement officials were recognized Friday for their recent graduation from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Pickens County.

Deputies Jesse Mullins, Mary Gotay, Gage Jensen, Timothy Raiford, Samuel Schmittou, Ivette Burgos, along with Officers Emili Roman and Jeremy McAllister successfully completed 408 hours of POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) mandated police training over an 11-week period. All six deputies are currently assigned to the Cherokee County jail, while Roman and McAllister are assigned to the Probation Division managed by the Cherokee Marshal’s Office.

Along with graduating from the training center, Mullins received the “Top Gun” award for marksmanship, Roman was given the “Top Academic Award” and Raiford was awarded the class flag, which is voted on by academy instructors.

All graduates were sworn in on Friday by Sheriff Frank Reynolds. The swearing in was split into two separate ceremonies in order to reduce the number of people congregated together at one time.

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