PGCC Police Academy Graduate

Article by: Idris D. Clay,

LARGO, Md. -After months of intensive training, 17 trainees will graduate from the Prince George's Community College Municipal Policy Academy, Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 7 p.m. in Largo Student Center, Community Rooms A, B, and C at the Largo campus. At the ceremony, seven graduates will receive special recognition including the Major Larry L. Shanks Leadership Award for scholastic achievement, firearms, physical fitness, police vehicle operations and outstanding student officer.

"Our graduates are a diverse group of officers who have come together through a shared sacrifice and commitment to achieve a common goal," said Lieutenant Diane Salen, program director, Public Safety and Security Institute and Police Academy at Prince George's Community College.  

Students are Alfie G. Acol (Hyattsville, MD); Terrence E. Anderson (Greenbelt, MD); Amanda V. Cox (Germantown, MD); Kevin C. Fillinich (Chevy Chase, MD); Ian J. Harding (Damascus, MD); Meghan A. Hayes (Fairmount Heights, MD); Calvin J. Joy (District Heights, MD); Marcellus D. Loving (Capitol Heights, MD); Tyrone E. Macklin II (Clinton, MD); Wilmer G. Magana (Silver Spring, MD); Clyde D. Parks, Jr. (Waldorf, MD); Maria I. Perea (Bladensburg, MD); Leon T. Scales II (Hyattsville, MD); Anika A. Simmons (Upper Marlboro, MD); Sterling A. Smith (Clinton, MD); Michael W. Thomas, Jr. (District Heights, MD); Craig R. Williams (Temple Hills, MD).

Scheduled to deliver this year's commencement speech, Chief Michael T. Gonnella of the Upper Marlboro Police Department gives credit to Lieutenant Salen for her "thoughtfulness in choosing instructors who represent a broad spectrum of municipalities."

Founded in 1989 and certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission, Prince George's Community College Municipal Police Academy operates full-time for 25-weeks. Student officers are trained in law enforcement operations and functions including firearms training and emergency vehicle operations. Upon successful completion, student officers are eligible for hire by most Maryland law enforcement agencies. They also earn up to 18 credits toward an academic degree. 

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro, and John Eager Howard Community Center. For more information, visit the college website at, follow on Twitter FacebookFoursquareLinkedIn and tune-in to Transforming Lives at Prince George’s Community College, Mondays at 11 a.m. 

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