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Kirtland Regional Police Academy Recognizes Fall 2012 Graduates

The Kirtland Regional Policy Academy (KRPA) recognized the Fall 2012 graduating class at a commencement ceremony on November 2.  The 10 academy cadets comprising Class 35 were joined by family, friends and staff at the Kirtland Center for Performing Arts to honor both group and individual accomplishments.

Front row (L to R): Michael O’Dell, Dana Mattice, Michael Patrick, Kyle Beaver, Daniel Menard.
Back row (L to R): Chase Smillie, Cory Walter, Chad Taylor, Fredric Gygi, Brett Hasty.

Before receiving individual awards and diplomas, cadets and guests listened to speakers Tom Grace, KRPA Director, Chief Duane W. Bean II of the Gladwin Police Department, and Class 35 cadet Chad M. Taylor.  “Always be honest.  Never cross the line.  Treat people like you want to be treated,” said commencement speaker Chief Bean.  Bean went on to share this important advice about finding a job following graduation, “As you look for your first job, have patience and dedication.  Stay with it and be positive.  It will come.  And once it comes, always seek to train.  Ask questions and never quit being the best you can be.”  In his address, academy director Tom Grace said, “To your families – your love and support carried these cadets to successfully meet the goals of this program.”

Following the speaker addresses, members of Class 35 were recognized for a variety of accomplishments and awards.  The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) Outstanding Performance Award was given to Cadet Michael R. Patrick and Cadet Fredric J. Gygi received the KRPA Director’s Award.  For physical fitness, cadets Michael C. O’Dell and Michael Patrick shared top honors for the first in class award and Chad M. Taylor was recognized as most improved.  Cadet Gygi received first in class and Dana J. Mattice was recognized as most improved for defensive tactics.  Cadet Brett W. Hasty received the Top Shooter award for marksmanship, and Daniel J. Menard was honored for Patrol Tactics.

KRPA graduation is a family affair

Members of the Fall 2012 KRPA Class are:  Kyle M. Beaver (Kalkaska), Fredric J. Gygi (Iron River), Brett W. Hasty (Gaylord), Dana J. Mattice (Beaverton), Daniel J. Menard (Sault Ste. Marie), Michael C. O’Dell (Lupton), Michael R. Patrick (Petoskey), Chase T. Smillie (Millersburg), Chad M. Taylor (AuGres) and Cory D. Walter (East Jordan).

Annually, more than 3,000 students attend a variety of certificate, two-year and transfer degree programs at Kirtland’s three locations – near Roscommon, the M-TEC at Kirtland-Gaylord and West Branch.  Kirtland offers a wide range of online certificate and degree programs as well, 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