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Thirteen graduates of South Florida State College’s (SFSC) Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) Academy, Class 242, were recently recognized at a ceremony on Feb. 5 in SFSC’s Theatre for the Performing Arts, Highlands Campus.
The 13 prospective police officers receiving BLE occupational certificates that evening included Michael Barger, class leader; Todd Dow, executive officer; Nicholas Knapp, first squad leader; Manual Bruno-Cintron; Sean R. Colburn; Victoria Fuentes; Tiffany Shadduck; Jacqueline Current Moron, second squad leader; Joshua Fogle; Anthony Nizza; Brad Webster, third squad leader; Lina Miller; and Trevor Smith.
Mark Anthony Cintron, Amazing Grace Ministries of Wauchula, was invited by Class 242 to give the invocation and benediction for the program, BLE Academy 244 posted the colors, and Michael Barger gave parting words as class leader on behalf of the graduating class.
Before receiving individual awards and certificates, cadets and guests listened to keynote speaker Officer David Hernandez, Lake Wales Police Department, share wisdom from his own career experiences and remind cadets about the commitment, honesty, and integrity required to be a law enforcement professional. He also thanked the families and friends who supported the cadets and the instructors who provided important training to prepare them to transition into service as a public safety officer.
“Make sure you hold yourself to a higher standard,” Hernandez said. “Remember to stay vigilant, stay grounded, and remember you’re not the only ones affected by this career. The people that supported you through this academy will support you throughout your career.”
Special awards were presented to Brad Webster for “top firearms score” for completing 194 out of 203, Trevor Smith had the “top academic score” with a final grade of 96 percent, and “class leader” was presented to Michael Barger.
“Basic Law Enforcement Academy, Class 242, was an evening academy, running for over 44 weeks, 11 months of training,” said Richard Morey, coordinator, criminal justice. “That kind of commitment, wiliness to learn, and sacrifice away from their families’ shows the professionalism of those who attended. They did a great job and should make fine officers serving their communities.”
SFSC’s BLE Academy trains students to become law enforcement officers in Florida by passing the state certification exam. For more information about the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, call SFSC’s Criminal Justice Academy at 784-7285, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.