NEW CUMBERLAND - Hancock County Deputy Dante Lamont Jeter was among the 45 graduates in the West Virginia State Police Academy's 156th Class.
Jeter, hired by the Hancock County Sheriff's Department in May, gave a speech during the ceremony after his class elected him to represent them.
"We went from 45 individuals to one team and couldn't have done this without the support of our families," said Jeter.
GRADUATE — New Hancock County sheriff’s Deputy Dante Lamont Jeter, second from right, meets with, from left, Chief Deputy Art Watson, Sgt. Scott Swan and Sheriff Ralph Fletcher following his graduation with the 156th class of the West Virginia State Police Academy. -- Contributed
Jeter's mother and father, Tanya Parker and Jerry Jeter, his girlfriend, Ayana Harper, as well as some friends and former co-workers joined Sheriff Ralph A. Fletcher, Chief Deputy Art Watson and Sgt. Scott Swan of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and Lt. Jeremy Krzys of the New Cumberland Police Department in offering support and witnessing this accomplishment following 16 weeks of training at the West Virginia State Police Academy.
"This is a great accomplishment," Fletcher said. "Not everyone makes it."
Fletcher said all West Virginia law enforcement officers are required to successfully complete training at the academy.
Jeter said the academy, located in Institute, W.Va., provides approximately 840 hours of training, which covers all aspects of law enforcement, including how to handle hazardous materials, life-saving training, DUI detection training and more.
"The trainers at the academy have a great deal of knowledge and experience," Jeter said. "It has helped us become a team and prepare us for our future law enforcement within our respective communities."
Jeter said he is eager to get out and work.
"I feel lucky to be a resident of Hancock County and to get to serve my community," he said.