SJR State law enforcement cadets recognized

St. Johns River State College criminal justice academy cadets were recently recognized during a graduation ceremony. Cadets representing Clay, Putnam, St. Johns, Duval and Flagler counties received their certificates of completion for the law enforcement basic recruit program.   

St. Augustine Beach Police Chief Robert Hardwick addressed the graduates as the keynote speaker.

Special recognition in the class went to Jonathan Roszel, of St. Johns County, for “Highest Academic Achievement.” St. Johns County resident Jesse Truscio received the award for “Highest Marksmanship Achievement,” and Kenneth Ithier, also of St. Johns County, received the “Warrior Award.”  Pedro Ramos, of Clay County, received the “Medallion Award” for highest overall achievement. 

Law enforcement basic recruit graduates from Clay County: Michael Babcock, Timothy Geoghagan, Jeff Naeyaert, Pedro Ramos, Kennisha Taylor and David Widergren.  

Law enforcement basic recruit graduates from Putnam County:  Holly Griffith, Nicholas Hale and LaGarren Wellon.   

Law enforcement basic recruit graduates from St. Johns County:  Adam Bergman, Walter Clough, Jared Davis, Austin Ferrell, Kenneth Ithier, Christian Maysonet, Ryan Rado, Adiel Ramirez-Cruz, Jonathan Roszel, Abdul Toubaili, Jesse Truscio, Laura Welty and Ramy Yousef.

Law enforcement basic recruit graduates from other counties: Mark Ambrose (Duval), Michael Johnson (Duval) and Tyler Mitchell (Flagler).

The ceremony was held at the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts. The Thrasher-Horne Center is owned and operated by SJR State College and is located on the Orange Park campus.  

The criminal justice certificate programs provide job-related training to prepare cadets for entry-level employment in their career field.  Cadets who complete the certificate program will be eligible to take the state certification exam.  The certificates also provide credit hours to be transferred into SJR State’s associate in science degree in criminal justice technology. The program is located on the St. Augustine Campus. 

Applications are currently being accepted for 2017 enrollment.  Daytime and evening classes for SJR State’s Florida Law Enforcement Academy will begin in July.  Applications are also being accepted for enrollment in SJR State’s Florida Corrections Officer Academy. For more information about SJR State’s criminal justice programs, call (904) 808-7490 or visit the website at

CJ grad students

Four law enforcement cadets received special recognition during the St. Johns River State College criminal justice graduation ceremony.  From left:  The “Warrior Award” was presented to St. Johns County resident Kenneth Ithier; the “Medallion Award” was presented to Pedro Ramos of Clay County; the “Highest Academic Achievement” award was presented to Jonathan Roszel of St. Johns County; and the “Highest Marksmanship Achievement” went to Jesse Truscio of St. Johns County. 



Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020