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Local students considering careers in law enforcement

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

James Mills and William Hatchett, who recently attended the Junior Law Cadet program, both are considering going into law enforcement as a career.

“I’m considering a career in law enforcement because I was raised in a law enforcement family and I feel I should do what I can for the community whether I am able to join law enforcement or not,” James wrote in an email.

He added his father is a deputy and his uncle is a lieutenant, both with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. James, 17, of Bassett, is the son of Del and Sharon Mills.

“I’m most interested in becoming a U.S. marshal,” James wrote. “After graduation, I hope to join the U.S. Army and take college classes while in the military.”

William wrote: “ I am considering a career in law enforcement because I have always loved the idea of being the person that protects the innocent from those who would do them harm. I am looking toward becoming a local city police officer because I would like to help ensure the city is safe and stay close to my family.”

After William graduates from Bassett High School, he plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice “so that I may fulfill my dream of becoming a police officer.”

William, 17, of Martinsville, is the son of Robert and Monica Hatchett. William wrote he is in the Beta Club and is the S-4 (the supply and logistics officer) in the JROTC program at Bassett High School. “The S-4 deals with issuing out all of the uniforms in the JROTC class at Bassett,” he wrote.

William also is youth volunteer president at the Virginia Museum of Natural History and on the local FIRST robotics team, Team 1262, the STAGS (Science Technology and Gifted Students). His grade point average is about 3.8, he added.

“I play bass drums for Bassett High School marching band and my GPA is about a 3.4,” James wrote.


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