Police Academy Graduates Complete Basic Training

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Article by: Mona M. Rock, rockmm@pgcc.edu

 LARGO, Md.—After months of intensive training, 16 students will graduate from the Prince George's Community College Municipal Police Academy, Friday November 30 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, emergency vehicle operations and outstanding student. 

"Our graduates have received the best training available from an excellent cadre of instructors and are prepared to make a positive difference in our local communities,” said Lieutenant Diane Salen, program director, Public Safety and Security Institute and Police Academy at Prince George’s Community College.  “After years of service as an officer with Prince George’s County Police Department, I am very impressed with the hard work and dedication that I have seen from this class.”  

Students are Robert Lee Fallin, Jr. (White Plains, Md.); Thomas W. Hargrove, III (Oxon Hill, Md.); Diane T. Jessup (Suitland, Md.); Carl M. Johnson (Bryans Road, Md.); Benny L. McCrimmon, Jr. (District Heights, Md.); Edwin Monarrez (College Park, Md.); Thomas A. Parent (Stevensville, Md.); Kevin D. Penn (Silver Spring, Md.); Flor I. Reyes (Greenbelt, Md.); Derrick A. Tibbs (Damascus, Md.); Philip E. Trinks (Chestertown, Md.); Timothy A. Turner (Marbury, Md.); Hector A. Velasquez (Bowie, Md.); Michael E. Wall,  Jr. (Washington, D.C.); Kenneth A. Wright (Oxon Hill, Md.); Charles Yuen (Upper Marlboro, Md.). 

Graduates have been employed by a number of Washington area municipalities including the City of Bowie Police Department, Amtrak Police Department and Prince George’s County Sherriff’s Department.  

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, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu, follow on Twitter,  Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn and tune-in to Transforming Lives at Prince George’s Community College, Mondays at 11 a.m.  


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