Deptford Twp. – Outstanding Achievement awards were presented to graduates of the 25th Special Officer II Class of the Gloucester County Police Academy on Wednesday, May 22, in the Physical Education Center on the campus of Gloucester County College.
Police recruits graduated with fanfare and good wishes, marking the completion of their nine-month training session. Training Coordinator James Sentell welcomed the attendees, who included several senior law enforcement professionals and public officials, along with families and friends of the graduates. The graduates represented Burlington, Camden, Cumberland and Gloucester Counties.
Opening remarks were made by Gloucester County College President Frederick Keating. The keynote address was given by Undersheriff Andre Bay, Gloucester County Sheriff’s Department.
Following the awarding of diplomas, achievement awards were presented to the following graduates:
Physical Training Awards were presented to Tyler R. Norton of Vineland and Jeremy Scott Jankowski of Palmyra. Jankowski also received the Director’s Award and Academic Award.
Daniel R. Mulhern, Merchantville, was presented with the Firearms Award.
Alexander J. DiPietro of Washington Township received the Division of Criminal Justice Merit Award.
The Gloucester County Hero Scholarship Fund and Special Dedication Awards were presented to Tyrell T. Womack of Burlington City.
The Vehicle Operations Award was presented to Francesco J. Messina Jr. of Glassboro.
Special Officer II graduates are authorized to exercise full powers and duties similar to those of a permanent, regularly appointed, full-time police officer.
The police academy operates as an autonomous unit within GCC’s Law and Justice Division.
Gloucester County College is located on a 250-acre campus on Tanyard Road, Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.