JUNE 2018

SJR State law enforcement cadets recognized

2018 June award winners  Ryan Dixon and Laura Kleinhans with instructor, center, Michelle Lima.

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

St. Augustine Beach Police Chief Robert Hardwick addressed the graduates as the keynote speaker. According to SJR State criminal justice instructor Michelle Lima, “The first time I heard Chief Hardwick speak to the recruits, I decided he was going to be someone I needed to pay attention to. He makes you want to put a uniform on and run through a brick wall.”

As Hardwick encouraged the cadets and advised them about their future careers, he included some interesting facts about the graduating class, noting that every branch of the military, including the Coast Guard, was represented among 10 of the 18 graduates. Additionally, the Academy’s first female class leader, Laura Kleinhans, of St. Johns County, was a member of the graduating class. Kleinhans received the “Medallion Award” during the ceremony for highest overall achievement. Special recognition also went to Ryan Dixon, of St. Lucie County, for “Highest Academic Achievement” and “Highest Marksmanship Achievement.”

Graduates from Clay County: Kristina Morgan, Enrique Ortega and Miranda Pavlisko.

Graduates from Putnam County: Alex Drummond, Austin DuBois, Stephen Feibleman and Matthaus Gruse.

Graduates from St. Johns County: Chandler Anderson, Brett Hardwick, Kleinhans, Charles Scozzari, Nathan Verheyn and Warren Zapata.

Graduates from other counties: Dixon, India Green, Chris Hoffman, Russell Hurt and Devon Inman-Roden.

Lima, who will be leaving the Academy to be sworn in at the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy sheriff, was recognized by the cadets during the ceremony. Because of Lima’s passion for teaching, she will continue to serve at SJR State as an adjunct instructor at the Academy as well as online. “I will do this for as long as Dean Lee will allow me to,” Lima stated. “I am thankful for Dean Lee, as he understands why I’m leaving, because he, too, wore a uniform before he was the dean.”

The ceremony was held at the Thrasher-Horne Center, which is owned and operated by SJR State 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 programs 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.

For more information about SJR State’s criminal justice programs, call (904) 808-7490 or visit the website at

St. Johns River State College criminal justice academy cadets were recently recognized for special achievement during their graduation ceremony. From left to right: Ryan Dixon, of St. Lucie County, received the “Highest Academic Achievement” and “Highest Marksmanship Achievement” awards; SJR State criminal justice instructor Michelle Lima; and Laura Kleinhans, of St. Johns County, received the “Medallion Award” for highest overall achievement.



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