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NLCJA graduates Class 015

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The class photo of 015 prior to graduation ceremony. Photo by: Dep. Josh Cagle, Bossier Sheriff’s Office

NORTH LOUISIANA CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACADEMY GRADUATES 19

Nineteen recruits from five agencies became certified P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training) law enforcement officers today during the graduation of Class 015 from the North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy.

The guest speaker was Louisiana State Rep. Mike Johnson, R-District 8, who reminded these new law enforcement officers how important their role will be in the communities they will serve.  “Drug use and addiction is rampant.  Society is becoming less civil and even our police officers are hunted down, now, and murdered in cold blood.  In the face of all that, in the face of that darkness and that evil, you choose to walk the warrior’s path.  Because or your gift, when there’s injustice, you can’t help but get involved, and you yearn to make it right,” said Johnson.  “We honor you for that courage, we honor you for that commitment, and, indeed, all of us rely upon it.  We need you now, more than ever.  We honor you today, and once more, we say, ‘Congratulation.’”

The academy is hosted by Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and the Bossier Sheriff’s Office.  Recruits learn officer survival skills, legal issues, weapons qualifications, physical fitness, chemical weapons and more.

For the first time in the academies history, one individual took home all four awards which included, The Honor Graduate Award, Physical Fitness Award, Firearms Proficiency Award, and the Academic Award.  Bossier Deputy Bradley Vasser was the recipient of those awards.

Bradley Vassar, Bossier Sheriff’s Office, sweeps all the awards for Class 015. Photo by: Dep. Josh Cagle, Bossier Sheriff’s Office.
Bradley Vassar, Bossier Sheriff’s Office, sweeps all the awards for Class 015. Photo by: Dep. Josh Cagle, Bossier Sheriff’s Office.

 

The graduating class of NLCJA Class 015 is:

 

Bossier City Police Department

Brian Dryer

Kenny Gallon Batalla

Neal Reese

Jeremy Watson

Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office

Charles DeVille

Benjamin Hackenberg

Blake Kennedy

Sharon McDonald

Jonathan Pershon

Kenneth Philibert Jr.

Steven Shankle

Michael Stevens Jr.

Bradley Vassar

LSU Health Science Center University Police Department

Corey Armstrong

Thomas Hall

Olishia King

Northwestern State University Police Department

Thomas Jeane

Jeffery Voorhies

Springhill Police Department

Christopher Jones

North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy held its first graduation in 2009, and more than 300 recruits have been trained to become POST-certified law enforcement officers over the past seven years.