LAREDO, TEXAS (LCC) - Law enforcement in the region will soon be welcoming new personnel as 24 cadets from the South Texas Border Regional Police Academy were honored during their graduation ceremony on Friday, May 23 at the William N. (Billy) Hall Jr. Student Center at the Laredo Community College South Campus.
The Police Academy’s A-14 class successfully completed a rigorous 19-week long program, comprised of physical and academic components that evaluate students’ skills and knowledge in law enforcement tactics.
The graduates include: Gerardo Alvarado, Luis Barrera, Alejandro Castillo, Sergio Flores, Oscar Garay, Michael Gonzalez, Lizbeth Guerra, Jose Guevara, Adriana Hernandez, Michael Johannes, Arnoldo Juarez, Rupert Martinez, Vanessa Montes, Christopher Morales, Andrew Moreno, Daniel Navarro, Alberto Perez, Roberto Ramirez, Damien Reynaga, Victor Salinas, Jose Sanchez, Sergio Sanchez, Roberto Torres and Yajaira Zazueta.
The future officers all scored a 100 percent first-time passing rate in the Texas Certified Law Enforcement Officer State Examination and are now Texas-certified peace officers.
Individual excellence in the academy was recognized, too.
Lizbeth Guerra received the Iron Eagle award, while cadet Daniel Navarro received the Mentor award and was recognized for his academic excellence. This year’s Top Gun recognition was awarded to cadet Jose Guevara.
This is the sixth straight year that the academy maintains a 100 percent passing rate in the Basic Peace Officer Course.
Academy director Donald Hale credits his staff for the program’s success.
“We have continued to reassess our teaching strategies and meet after every class to reevaluate our objectives and class results. This is how we review our skills training to assure our techniques are valid so our officers keep safe once they graduate,” Hale said.
“We do all this work because we are in a very unique position that allows our program to be the foundation of future police officers in our area,” Hale added.
The students will endure more training in their respective agencies before hitting the streets as peace officers.
Admission to the LCC academy is limited to cadets who are sponsored by a law enforcement agency. Additional avenues for training in the field are available through other Protective Services programs. For more information, call the LCC Protective Services Center at 794-4908.