The Kirtland Regional Policy Academy (KRPA) recently recognized its 43rd graduating class. The 18 academy cadets were joined by family, friends and staff at the Kirtland Center for Performing Arts to honor both group and individual accomplishments.
Before receiving individual awards and diplomas, cadets and guests listened to speakers Tom Grace, KRPA Director, Michigan State Police Houghton Lake Post Commander Josh Lator and Class 43 cadet Lindy Waite.
“This recruit class is sharp,” said Commander Lator. “You are now in a position to break down barriers and connect the people you serve with the resources they need.
“Be intentional in your choices and always remember to pursue success, not credit.”
Following the speaker addresses, cadets were recognized for a variety of accomplishments and awards.
The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) Outstanding Performance Award was given to Robert Sayles. James Garrett received top honor for Physical Fitness and Kassandra Kuemin was recognized as most improved. Coalton Huff received first in class and Robert Cameron was recognized as most improved for Defensive Tactics. Cadet Brad Cameron received Top Shooter recognition for marksmanship and Chad Wilson was recognized as Most Improved Shooter. Brad Cameron and James Garrett were honored for Patrol Tactics. For academic excellence, cadets Jackson Bradley, Peter DeKryger, Brandon Durst, James Garrett and Kurt Kierpaul all received recognition from Academy Director Grace.
In closing, Grace congratulated cadets, sharing, “Welcome to the Kirtland alumni family. We will always be here for you.”
Members of the KRPA Class 43 are: Robert Cameron (Bay Mills, MI), Peter DeKryger (Fremont, MI), Jason Dellar (Lincoln, MI), Brandon Durst (Waterford, MI), James Garrett (Houghton Lake, MI), Elliot Hausler (Boyne City, MI), Coalton Huff (Johannesburg, MI), Kurt Kierpaul (Marine City, MI), Kassandra Kuemin (Sault Ste. Marie, MI), Ethan Passalacqua (Harbor Springs, MI), Carlee Robbins (Prudenville, MI), Robert Sayles (Moran, MI), Lindy Waite (Lakeview, MI), Chad Wilson (Cadillac, MI).
The KRPA can be contacted at 989-275-5000, ext. 348, or by visiting our website at www.kirtland.edu.