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Kirtland Regional Police Academy Recognizes 36th Graduating Class

The Kirtland Regional Policy Academy (KRPA) recognized the Winter 2013 graduating class at a commencement ceremony on May 3.  The 12 academy cadets comprising Class 36 were joined by family, friends and staff at the Kirtland Center for Performing Arts to honor both group and individual accomplishments.

Cadet Osika Receives KRPA Director's Award

Cadet Osika Receives KRPA Director’s Award

Before receiving individual awards and diplomas, cadets and guests listened to speakers Tom Grace, KRPA Director, State of Michigan Assistant Attorney General David C. Cannon, and Class 36 cadet Austin Martin.  “This is your opportunity to make a momentous contribution to our society,” said commencement speaker Cannon.  “As the first responder on the scene, reassure our citizens that help has arrived and they are safe.  Show respect and encourage others to respect our legal system.”  In his address, Cadet Martin thanked the family members and friends who supported the cadets of Class 36, saying, “Thank you for your time, patience and commitment.  Through your love and support, we were able to fulfill our dreams.”

Families Celebrate KRPA's 36th Graduation

Families Celebrate KRPA’s 36th Graduation

Following the speaker addresses, members of Class 36 were recognized for a variety of accomplishments and awards.  The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) Outstanding Performance Award was given to Austin Martin and Ryan Osika received the KRPA Director’s Award.  For physical fitness, Randall Howe received top honor for the first in class award and Terrence Sterzer was recognized as most improved.  Alan Davis received first in class and Rodney Foster was recognized as most improved for defensive tactics.  Cadet Branden Kirby received the Top Shooter award for marksmanship, Michael Cochrane was recognized as Most Improved Shooter and Rodney Foster was honored for Patrol Tactics.

Members of the Winter 2013 KRPA Class are:  Michael Cochrane (Cadillac), Alan Davis (Mt. Pleasant), Rodney Foster (Gladwin), Bradley Haske (Posen), Randall Howe (Gwinn), Branden Kirby (West Branch), Kevin Kissinger (Boyne City), Austin Martin (Sault Ste. Marie), Ryan Osika (Petoskey), Terrence Sterzer (Cedar), Cameron Vasher (Prudenville) and Matthew Wilson (Mio).

Annually, more than 3,000 students attend a variety of health science, 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.

The KRPA can be contacted at 989-275-5000, ext. 348, or by visiting our website at