The Kirtland Regional Policy Academy (KRPA) recently recognized its 39th graduating class. The 17 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, Kalkaska County Undersheriff Abraham DeVol and Class 39 cadet Dakota Darsow. 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 Snyder. For physical fitness, the Physical Training Leadership Award was given to C.J.Alward, Todd Amborski, Dakota Darsow, Kyle Dowland, Michael Godfrey, Jan O’Bradovich and Brian Westphal. C.J. Alward also received top honor for Physical Fitness and Ashley Grosberg and James Leedy were recognized as most improved. Michael Paille and James Scroggin received first in class and Kendra Martin was recognized as most improved for defensive tactics. Cadet Blake Beehler received the Top Shooter recognition for marksmanship and Brian Westphal was recognized as Most Improved Shooter. Dakota Darsow was honored for Patrol Tactics.
In closing, Academy Director Thomas Grace congratulated cadets, sharing, “Welcome to the Kirtland alumnae family. We will always be here for you.”
Members of the KRPA Class 39 are: C.J. Alward (Gladwin), Todd Amborski (Johannesburg), Blake Beehler (Rose City), Pat Collins (Brooklyn), Dakota Darsow (Thompsonville), Kyle Dowland (Houghton Lake), Michael Godfrey (West Branch), Ashley Grosberg (Charlevoix), Benjamin Jurkovich (Houghton Lake), James Leedy (Houghton Lake), Kendra Martin (West Branch), Jan O’Bradovich (Onaway), Michael Paille (Houghton Lake), James Scroggin (St. Helen), Robert Snyder (St. Helen), Aleshia Vallance (Cheboygan) and Brian Westphal (Roscommon).
The KRPA can be contacted at 989-275-5000, ext. 348, or by visiting our website at www.kirtland.edu/programs-we-offer/kirtland-regional-police-academy.