30 cadets grad­u­ate from Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Academy

The Phoenix - - LOCAL NEWS - Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Thirty cadets are pre­pared to join area po­lice forces fol­low­ing their grad­u­a­tion from Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege’s Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Academy dur­ing a cer­e­mony held at the Col­lege’s Sci­ence Cen­ter Theater in Blue Bell.

MCCC Pres­i­dent Kevin Pol­lock, MCCC Vice Pres­i­dent of Work­force De­vel­op­ment and Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion and West Cam­pus Dr. David DiMat­tio, and Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­ers’ Vice Chair­man Ken­neth E. Lawrence, Jr. and Com­mis­sioner Joe Gale con­grat­u­lated the new of­fi­cers of Class 1802 and rec­og­nized their im­por­tant role in the com­mu­nity.

Dis­trict Jus­tice Paul N. Leo, who has been teach­ing at the Academy for more than 25 years, was se­lected by the class to give the keynote ad­dress. He re­minded the cadets that, al­though they are well-pre­pared, they would en­counter ex­pe­ri­ences on the job that would de­fine them. He also praised them for their tal­ents.

“You heard of the show, ‘Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent,’ well, the Class 1802 has got tal­ent,” he said.

Po­lice Academy Di­rec­tor Jude T. McKenna rec­og­nized the ac­com­plish­ments of the cadets, an­nounc­ing the vale­dic­to­rian and awards.

Earn­ing the high­est av­er­age in the class of 95.3 per­cent, Ed­ward Nitka of Philadel­phia was named vale­dic­to­rian. Class­mates Al­dan Mueller, who had a 95.1 per­cent, and Tif­fany Bobb, who had 95 per­cent, were close con­tenders.

Lt. Michael Kirkpatrick earned the Pla­toon Lead­er­ship award. The Marks­man­ship Award went to Daniel Carr and Al­dan Mueller. The Spirit of Dis­tinc­tion award was pre­sented to Kevon Dar­den.

Five of the grad­u­ates will be em­ployed im­me­di­ately as of­fi­cers — Michael Kirkpatrick and Ce­sar Zavala (Lower Me­rion Town­ship Po­lice Depart­ment), Aaron Hous­ton (Abing­ton Town­ship Po­lice Depart­ment), Tif­fany Bobb (Norristown Po­lice Depart­ment) and Zachary Sau­r­man and Thomas Sweeney (Spring­field Town­ship Po­lice Depart­ment).

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, fam­ily mem­bers of the late East Nor­ri­ton Po­lice Chief John J. McGowan, III, pre­sented a check for a $3,500 schol­ar­ship named in his mem­ory to Brett Beau­mont. The McGowan fam­ily started the schol­ar­ship fund after John McGowan died in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent in 2010. The schol­ar­ship is awarded an­nu­ally to a cadet who has suc­cess­fully com­pleted the pro­gram and is fi­nanc­ing their own tu­ition.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Quest for the Best char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion, Pres­i­dent Taras M. Wo­chock and Vice Pres­i­dent Daniel A. Czaplicki, pre­sented two schol­ar­ships in the amount of $2,500 each to Ryan Geist and David Lopez. Quest for the Best awards four schol­ar­ships in the amount of $2,500 each year to cadets who demon­strate lead­er­ship and ex­cel­lence dur­ing the pro­gram.

The Class of 1802 in­cludes Don­nell Allen, Norristown; Jonathan Amanto, Phoenixville; Brett Beau­mont, Ben­salem; Tif­fany Bobb, Con­shohocken; Bran­don Bolton, Quak­er­town; Ryan Byrnes, Down­ing­town; Daniel Carr, Chal­font; Alex Cuc­cia­rre, Soud­er­ton; Kevon Dar­den, Philadel­phia; Tim­o­thy Dixon, Abing­ton; Ryan Geist, Gil­bertsville; Aaron Hous­ton, Abing­ton; Michael Kirkpatrick, Col­legeville; Thomas Laf­fredo, Norristown; David Lopez, Philadel­phia; Jake Lyons, Broomall; Michael Meis­ner, Doylestown; Al­dan Mueller, Ottsville; Ed­ward Nitka, Philadel­phia; Christo­pher O’Con­nor, War­ring­ton; Wil­liam Reilly, West Nor­ri­ton; Do­minic Rigous, War­ring­ton; Ostap Royik, Am­bler; Joseph San­tospago, Doylestown; Zachary Sau­r­man, Abing­ton; Thomas Sweeney, Abing­ton; An­drew Tem­plin, Dou­glassville; An­drew Ur­ban, Am­bler; Jas­mine Wooten, Bris­tol; and Ce­sar Zavala, West Ch­ester.

Since 1973, the Po­lice Academy has been the train­ing ground for more than 3,500 cadets with a con­sis­tent grad­u­a­tion rate of more than 90 per­cent. The 919-hour cur­ricu­lum al­lows suc­cess­ful stu­dents to ar­tic­u­late up to 15 credit hours to­ward an as­so­ci­ate’s de­gree in Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Stud­ies. The Academy is cer­ti­fied by the Com­mon­wealth of Penn­syl­va­nia through the Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Of­fi­cers’ Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Com­mis­sion.

MCCC op­er­ates the Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Academy in the Health Sciences Cen­ter, Cen­tral Cam­pus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.

PHOTO BY CHLOE ELMER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Thirty cadets grad­u­ated re­cently from Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege’s Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Academy. Since 1973, the Po­lice Academy has trained more than 3,500 cadets, who serve com­mu­ni­ties through­out Mont­gomery County and the re­gion.

PHOTO BY CHLOE ELMER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Quest for the Best char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion, Pres­i­dent Taras M. Wo­chock and Vice Pres­i­dent Daniel A. Czaplicki, pre­sented two schol­ar­ships in the amount of $2,500 each to Ryan Geist of Gil­bertsville and David Lopez of Philadel­phia.

PHOTO BY CHLOE ELMER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, fam­ily mem­bers of Chief John J. McGowan III, pre­sented a check for a $3,500 schol­ar­ship named in his mem­ory to Brett Beau­mont of Ben­salem.

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