SJR State law enforcement cadets recognized
by Penny Powell
Cadets from St. Johns River State College (SJR State) Criminal Justice Academy were recently recognized during a graduation ceremony at the Thrasher-Horne Center located at the College’s Orange Park campus.
Graduates representing Clay, Putnam, St. Johns and Duval counties received certificates for completing Florida Law Enforcement Academy programs. SJR State Vice President for Assessment, Research and Technology Rosalind M. Humerick validated the cadets’ certificates.
Special recognition went to Duval County resident Kai Figueroa for “Highest Academic Achievement.” Jacob Godfrey, also of Duval, and Taran Tipton of Putnam County received the “Highest Marksmanship Achievement” Award.
SJR State Dean of Criminal Justice and Public Safety Jeffrey Lee gave the welcome, and the invocation was given by Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Director of Chaplains and Support Services Reverend Karl Flagg. Putnam County Sheriff Daniel “Gator” Deloach addressed the graduates as the keynote speaker. Student remarks were presented by class officer Nicholas Argitis.
The graduates included Law Enforcement Basic Recruit cadets from Clay County: Haley Battle, Andrew Carlson, Jarred Carter, Elsie Maury and Mallory Youngblood.Law Enforcement Basic Recruit cadets from Putnam County: Demetrius Harrell, Haley Nunley, Ne’Darrius Parker, Stephen Reece and Tipton.
Law Enforcement Basic Recruit cadets from St. Johns County: Argitis, Cory Felbinger, Phillip Gullo, Kelly Hamilton, Kyle Hayward and Kolten Kubart, Justin O’Connor, Benjamin Stamps, Jason Theed, Stephanie Walters and Manuel Zamuz.
Law Enforcement Basic Recruit cadets from Duval County: John Engelthaler, Figueroa, Godfrey, Stephen Karpinski, Daniel Kline and Curtis Williams.
Law Enforcement cadet from Duval County: Brendaly Gordon.Corrections cadet from Duval County: Shontia Holt.
Located at the St. Augustine campus, SJR State’s Criminal Justice Academy offers certificate programs and provides job-related training to prepare cadets for entry-level employment in the field. Upon completion of the certificate programs, cadets will be eligible to take the state certification exam. The certificates also provide credit hours that can be transferred to SJR State’s associate in science degree in criminal justice technology.
For more information about daytime and evening classes for SJR State’s Florida Law Enforcement Academy, as well as the College’s Florida Corrections Officer Academy, visit www.sjrstate.edu/criminaljustice.html or call (904) 808-7490.
During SJR State’s Criminal Justice Academy graduation ceremony, John Donlon, instructor/coordinator, recognized three law enforcement cadets for special achievement.
From left to right: Jacob Godfrey, “Highest Marksmanship Achievement” Award; Kai Figueroa, “Highest Academic Achievement” Award; Taran Tipton, “Highest Marksmanship Achievement” Award; and Donlon.
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