The Kirtland Regional Policy Academy (KRPA) recognized its 44th graduating class on May 5th. Seven 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, Roscommon County Undersheriff Ben Lowe and Class 44 cadet Anthony Minnich.
“This is the completion of a goal, but much more. It’s a beginning,” said Undersheriff Lowe. “Take your best qualities and characteristics and use them to build your foundation.”
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 Jeremy Daniszewski. Joseph Metras and Anthony Minnich received top honor for Physical Fitness and Jacob Linkhart was recognized as most improved. Keegan DeWitt received first in class and Jeremy Daniszewski was recognized as most improved for Defensive Tactics. Cadet Greg Kates received Top Shooter recognition for marksmanship and Jacob Linkhart and Travis VanDeCasteele were recognized as Most Improved Shooter. Travis VanDeCasteele was honored for Patrol Tactics. For academic excellence, cadet Jeremy Daniszewski 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 44 are: Jeremy Daniszewski (Oscoda, MI), Keagan DeWitt (St. Johns, MI). Gregory Kates (Gaylord, MI), Jacob Linkhart (Houghton Lake, MI), Joseph (Tyler) Metras (Iron Mountain, MI), Anthony Minnich (Roscommon, MI) and Travis VanDeCasteele (Grayling, MI).
The KRPA can be contacted at 989-275-5000, ext. 348, or by visiting our website at www.kirtland.edu.