The 26th class of the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy graduated in ceremonies conducted at Rogers Auditorium on the campus of Foster High School in Richmond recently.
Through five months, the 27 cadets who successfully completed the program received more than 700 hours of training. Subjects included the Penal Code, Arrest Search and Seizure, Code of Criminal Procedures, Police Driving, Firearms Training, Traffic Stops, Criminal Investigations and more.
The culmination of their training was two weeks of scenario-based training using simmunitions (pistols with live paint rounds) where the cadets are put in situations and they have to react and make decisions based on their knowledge and training from the academy.
Cadet Matthew Dickinson was the president of Class 26, Richard Solberg was class vice president and Angie Brewer was secretary/treasurer. Dickinson delivered a speech during the ceremony, thanking the instructors for their work and encouragement.
Captain Mike Patton, academy director, was the emcee of the event.
Members of the class included, Steven Hart, Nicholas Ibanez, Adrian Lopez, Ismael Velarde, Matthew Dickinson, Philip McGuigan, Brandon Moseley, Khourey Hilliard, Ian Haydel, Richard Solberg, Shawn Briere, Eric Guerrero, Johnny Sampson, Daniel Tondera, Cody Parchman, Osvaldo Orozco, Russell Dittrich, Eliseo Flores, Klint Landry, Dottie Zumwalt, Taylor Snell, Gustavo Pelayo, Brittany Moreno, Angie Brewer, Jennifer Landers, Jerrick Jovellanos and Justin Hammers.
For the second year in a row, cadets and instructors alike celebrated a 100 percent pass rate on the cadets’ first attempt at the State Licensing Exam.
Several awards were presented at the ceremony.
Tondera received the “David Braunholtz Top Gun” Award. Braunholtz was a member of second class of cadets to graduate from the academy. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office deputy died in the line of duty and the award was named in his honor. The award was presented by Bobby Braunholtz, his son.
Other award winners included: Dickinson, Academic Achievement; and Ibanez, Physical Fitness.
A special award was presented to Cadet Moseley, who set a record for running the 1.5-mile requirement in 7 minutes, 35 seconds.
Sheriff Milton Wright was at the ceremony to swear in the five Cadets who are employees of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.
Besides Patton, instructors include Lt. Matt Carter, Sgt. Darlene Pyka, Sgt. Mike Lorenz, St. Carlos Castillo and Sgt. Angie Womble. Academy staff members include Dottie Allen and Cindi Villemaire.