JUNE 2016

SJR State law enforcement cadets recognized

Law students awarded

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

Samuel Williams, director of corrections for the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, addressed the graduates as the keynote speaker.

Special recognition in the class went to James Giammarinaro Jr. of St. Johns County for “Highest Academic Achievement” and “Highest Marksmanship Achievement.” Joseph Cornelius, of Clay County, received the “Warrior Award,” and Mitchell Watson, of Duval County, received the “Medallion Award” for highest overall achievement. 

Law enforcement basic recruit graduates from Clay County: Kacie Collins, Joseph Cornelius, Dillon Greene, Zachary Phillips, Jacob Starnes and Mallory Wilson.  

Law enforcement basic recruit graduates from Putnam County: Sean Daley, Nicholas Miller, Zachary Prevatt and Dustin Thomas.   

Law enforcement basic recruit graduates from St. Johns County: James Giammarinaro Jr. and Kimberly Pelusa.

Law enforcement basic recruit graduates from Duval County: Travis Bennett, Keondra Dennis, Tyler Grosdidier, Julian Haxhillari, Hunter Hayes, William Helms Jr., Ernest Hunter, Erek Smith and Mitchell Watson. 

Law enforcement basic recruit graduates from other counties: Jordan St. John (Flagler) and Shawn Kidwell (Broward).

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 John Donlon presented special awards to select law enforcement cadets at the SJR State criminal justice graduation ceremony.  From left:  The “Warrior Award” was presented to Clay County resident Joseph Cornelius; The “Highest Academic Achievement” and “Highest Marksmanship Achievement” awards were presented to James Giammarinaro Jr. of St. Johns County; and the “Medallion Award,” for highest overall achievement, was presented to Mitchell Watson of Duval County. 



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