Law Enforcement Basic Training graduates recognized


NICEVILLE - On May 11, Northwest Florida State College recognized 16 students who successfully completed the Criminal Justice Training Center's vocational certificate program for Law Enforcement Basic Training during the Spring 2015 academic semester. A ceremony honoring Law Enforcement, Fire and EMT graduates was held in the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.

Certificates of Completion were presented to the graduates by Director William Looper along with Training Center Coordinators Jeffrey McGill and Steven Hough. Also present at the ceremony were college President Dr. Ty Handy; Dean of Career and Technical Education Dennis Sherwood; and Sgt. Kevin Kirkpatrick of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Adjunct Instructor of the Year.

Criminal Justice Training Center graduates are now eligible to take the State Officer Certification Exam. Once they pass the Florida exam, graduates can become employed as sworn police officers in the state of Florida.

The Law Enforcement Academy at NWF State College is an intense, 800-hour program that provides students with instruction in a comprehensive curriculum mandated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The Criminal Justice Training Center offers day and evening academies beginning in the fall and spring semesters. For information, contact the Criminal Justice Department at 729-5378 or visit the program's website.

The Spring 2015 graduates are:

Baker: William Adams, Nathaniel Bowen, Mason Doggette
Crestview: James Aikin, Jacob Price
Eglin AFB: Christopher Pogozelski
Gulf Breeze: Joshua Thompson
Laurel Hill: Jeffrey Rincon
Miami: Oscar D'Lassalas
Milton: Marta Mock
Niceville: Tavish Fredrick, Matthew Jeter, Chad Sales
Ocala: David McGehee
Vacaville, Calif.: Marcus Montgomery
Winchester, Va.: Jonathan Sanders

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