The Kirtland Regional Policy Academy (KRPA) recognized the Fall 2011 graduating class at a commencement ceremony on Nov. 4th. The 14 academy cadets comprising Class 33 were joined by family, friends and staff at the Kirtland Center for Performing Arts to honor both group and individual accomplishments.
In his address, speaker and retired Kirtland Associate Dean of Instruction Jerry Boerma said, “This is your day. What is the most important thing you learned in the Academy? Teamwork. You came here alone but are leaving as a team.” Boerma challenged Class 33 to continue to abide by the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, stating, “Your career will test the ethics in your inner self. Be prepared for any situation you face. Remember your training and act appropriately. If you do this, you will survive your professional career.”
Following the speaker addresses, members of Class 33 were recognized for a variety of accomplishments and awards. The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) Outstanding Performance Award was given to Cadet Donald McLean of Lewiston, and James Spires, Gaylord, received the Kirtland Director’s Award. For Physical Fitness, Training and Development, Cadet Chris Stempky (Pellston) received the top award and Jessica Elsaidi (Big Rapids) was recognized as most improved. Trevor Zettel (West Branch) received the Top Shooter award for marksmanship, with Jessica Elsaidi again earning recognition as Most Improved. James Spires (Gaylord) was honored as Most Improved by the Patrol Staff.
In closing, Academy Director Thomas Grace congratulated cadets, sharing, “Welcome to the Kirtland alumnae family. We will always be here for you.” References to the cadet’s motto “No Sacrifice, No Victory” were prevalent throughout the ceremony, as were sentiments shared by all speakers and summed up by Boerma: “Be safe out there.”
The KRPA can be contacted at 989-275-5000, ext. 348, or by visiting our website at www.kirtland.edu.