SPOKANE -- The streets and back-roads of Spokane County may be a little safer after a special ceremony. More than a dozen new Sheriff's Reservists are now out on the streets after getting sworn in.
17 cadets made the jump from student to a member of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office Saturday. They swore never to dishonor their badge. It is what Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich wants his latest recruits to live by.
The oath also marks the end of the journey for the 17 graduates who made it through the Sheriff's Reserve Academy.
"That's a very proud moment," said Sheriff's Reservist Garren Heye. "It's a lot of responsibility to take on. It was an amazing experience."
In the crowd, Garren's mother, Nanette, joined the rest of the parents and family watching their children transform in front of them.
Saturday's ceremony marks the end of a grueling six month trek through the academy before going out to serve the community.
"It's probably the most important thing to do as sheriff is to remind them they are here to serve the public," said Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. "We represent law enforcement as a whole and not just you."