The Kirtland Regional Policy Academy (KRPA) recognized the Fall 2013 graduating class at a commencement ceremony on November 1. The 15 academy cadets comprising Class 37 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 Commission On Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) David L. Harvey, and Class 37 cadet Allen Sharrow. “I always wants to be the person society turned to for help,” said commencement speaker Harvey. “When everyone else is running away, you will be running toward the problem. Your oath to serve is very sacred.” In his address, Cadet Sharrow shared, “As Class #37, we are grateful to be part of the Kirtland Regional Police Academy. Rest assured, we got this!”
Following the speaker addresses, members of Class 37 were recognized for a variety of accomplishments and awards. The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) Outstanding Performance Award was given to Allen Sharrow and Jamie Briggs received the KRPA Director’s Award. For physical fitness, Taylor Kann received top honor for the first in class award and Chad Thompson was recognized as most improved. Lauren Tauriainen received first in class and George Major was recognized as most improved for defensive tactics. Cadet Evan Saxe received the Top Shooter award for marksmanship, Lauren Tauriainen was recognized as Most Improved Shooter and Evan Saxe was honored for Patrol Tactics.
Members of the Fall 2013 KRPA Class are: Jamie Briggs (St. Helen), James Fox (Gaylord), Chad Johnson (Petoskey), Taylor Kann (Mio), Philip Kauk (Albany, WI), Paul Lambert (Hale), George Major (Roscommon), Anthony Ngirarsaol (South Boardman), James Piwowar (Harrison), Evan Saxe (Muskegon), Allen Sharrow (Richfield Township PD), Tristan Stallings (Shephard), Nathan Stockmeyer (Roscommon), Lauren Tauriainen (Hillman) and Chad Thompson (Hersey).
The KRPA can be contacted at 989-275-5000, ext. 348, or by visiting our website at www.kirtland.edu.
Annually, more than 3,000 students attend a variety of occupational, skilled trades, two-year and transfer degree programs at Kirtland’s locations near Roscommon, Kirtland-Gaylord, Kirtland-West Branch and in Tawas. Kirtland also offers a wide range of online courses and degrees, all of which can be completed from home.
To learn more about Kirtland’s veteran-friendly services, programs, advising, testing, financial aid and other services available to students, contact Michelle Devine, Admissions Coordinator, at 989-275-5000 extension 284 or visit http://www.kirtland.edu.