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KRPA Recognizes 38th Graduating Class

The Kirtland Regional Policy Academy (KRPA) recognized the Winter 2014 graduating class at a commencement ceremony on May 2. The nine academy cadets comprising Class 38 were joined by family, friends and staff at the Kirtland Center for Performing Arts to honor both group and individual accomplishments.

Kirtland Regional Police Academy Class 38:  First row (L to R) Andrew O’Neil (Perry), Stephanie Hansen (Grayling), Russell Mason (Prescott), Ryan Mannisto (Grayling)  Second row (L to R) Todd Hatfield (Grayling), Derik Kieliszewski (Alpena), Justin Clark (Alpena), Adam Whitley (Charlevoix), Shawn Decker (Roscommon)

Kirtland Regional Police Academy Class 38: First row (L to R) Andrew O’Neil (Perry), Stephanie Hansen (Grayling), Russell Mason (Prescott), Ryan Mannisto (Grayling) Second row (L to R) Todd Hatfield (Grayling), Derik Kieliszewski (Alpena), Justin Clark (Alpena), Adam Whitley (Charlevoix), Shawn Decker (Roscommon)

Before receiving individual awards and diplomas, cadets and guests listened to speakers Tom Grace, KRPA Director, Roscommon County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Jernigan, and Class 38 cadet Andrew O’Neil. “The first characteristic of being successful is to have pride in your work,” said commencement speaker Jernigan. “Maintain your professionalism always. Be respectful. Be understanding. Be observant.” In his address, Cadet O’Neil thanked the families and friends who supported all cadets during the 17-week academy training, adding, “Never forget where you came from. We’ve formed a very close bond and learned so much together to make us better in the field.”

Following the speaker addresses, members of Class 38 were recognized for a variety of accomplishments and awards. The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) Outstanding Performance Award was given to Todd Hatfield and the KRPA Director’s Award. For physical fitness, Andrews O’Neil received top honor for the first in class award and Shawn Decker was recognized as most improved. Justin Clark received first in class and Russell Mason was recognized as most improved for defensive tactics. Cadets Russell Mason and Andrew O’Neil received the Top Shooter recognition for marksmanship, Derik Kieliszewski was recognized as Most Improved Shooter and Todd Hatfield and Adam Whitley were honored for Patrol Tactics.

Members of the Winter 2014 KRPA Class are: Justin Clark (Alpena), Shawn Decker (Roscommon), Stephanie Hansen (Grayling), Todd Hatfield (Grayling), Derik Kieliszewski (Alpena), Ryan Mannisto (Grayling), Russell Mason (Prescott), Andrew O’Neil (Perry) and Adam Whitley (Charlevoix).

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.