APRIL 2016

SJR State law enforcement cadets recognized

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 other counties received their certificates of completion for the law enforcement basic recruit evening program.   

Colonel Craig Aldrich, chief of staff for the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, addressed the graduates as the keynote speaker.

Special recognition in the class went to Justin Rich of Putnam County for “Highest Academic Achievement.” St. Johns County resident Zachry King was recognized for “Highest Marksmanship Achievement,” and Alan Daniels, also of St. Johns County, received the “Medallion Award” for highest overall achievement. 

Law enforcement basic recruit graduates from Clay County:  Jamie Bentley, Kourtney Bowles and Colby Eads.  

Law enforcement basic recruit graduates from Putnam County:   Michael Adkins, Fred Dunbar, Jesse Fussell, Jacob Higginbotham and Justin Rich.   

Law enforcement basic recruit graduates from St. Johns County:  Benjamin Alexander, Jacob Bradley, Alan Daniels, Zachry King, Justin Merrick, Dustin Nyberg, Scott Overton, Tyler Perkins, Ryan Small, Geno Sperotto, David Venzon, Jevin Worthington and Shane Wright.

Law enforcement basic recruit graduates from Duval County:  Jaclyn Freda, Ronald Hines, Carter Jones and Walton Leddy. 

Law enforcement basic recruit graduates from other counties:  Mayson McClain, Dylan Petruzzella and   Gregory Ray.

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 2016 enrollment. Day classes for SJR State’s Florida Law Enforcement Academy will begin in July, with evening classes beginning in August.  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


SJR State instructor Michelle Lima presented special awards to select law enforcement cadets at the SJR State criminal justice graduation ceremony.  From left:  The “Highest Marksmanship Achievement” award was presented to St. Johns County resident Zachry King; “Highest Academic Achievement” was presented to Justin Rich of Putnam County; and the “Medallion Award” for highest overall achievement was presented to Alan Daniels of St. Johns County.