Twenty-one recruits from six agencies became certified P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training) law enforcement officers Friday during the graduation of Class 013 from the North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy.
The guest speaker was Hon. Michael Craig, 26th Judicial District Court Judge, who highlighted to these new law enforcement officers the importance of justice, honor, duty and faith as they embark on their careers. “You’ve been trained well, you’ve studied hard, and you’ve earned the achievement that you have reached today,” said Judge Craig.
The academy is hosted by Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and teaches officer survival skills, legal issues, weapons qualifications, physical fitness, chemical weapons and more.
The Honor Graduate Award and Firearms Proficiency Award winner was Deputy James Lonadier of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office. The Academic Award winner was Deputy Michael Davis of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, and Deputy Kevin Pease of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office received the Physical Fitness Award.
The graduating class of NLCJA Class 013 is:
Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office — John Poda,Trevor Ryder
Bossier City Police Department — John Easterling, Charles Reynolds, Daryl Thomas, Hunter Timms
Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office — Michael Davis, Jack Dysart, Lauren Flake, John Fondren, Tracy Gamble, Revis Gay, James Lonadier, Eugene Mika, Kevin Pease, Lavaro Ramey, Christopher Slopak, Justin Waterman
Dixie Inn Police Department — Robert Davis
Haynesville Police Department — Trent Crook
Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office — Donald Myers
North Louisiana Criminal Justice Academy held its first graduation in 2009, and more than 290 recruits have been trained to become POST-certified law enforcement officers over the past five years.