The Kirtland Regional Policy Academy (KRPA) recently recognized its 47th graduating class. The family and friends of 13 academy cadets attended the commencement ceremony at Kirtland’s Performing Center of the Arts to honor both group and individual accomplishments.
Before receiving individual awards and diplomas, cadets and guests listened to speakers Shannon Dekun, KRPA Director, Kirtland Public Safety Chief Glenn Gutierrez and Class 47 cadet Jackson Jones.
Following the speaker addresses, cadets were recognized for a variety of accomplishments and awards.
The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) Outstanding Leadership Award was given to Tyler Midyett. Bret Auger and Lindsey Gutierrez received top honors for Physical Fitness and Velvet Peterson was recognized as most improved. Tyler Midyett received first in class and Chase Lohr was recognized as most improved for Defensive Tactics. Cadet De’Jeeiare Davis received Top Shooter recognition for marksmanship and Velvet Peterson was recognized as Most Improved Shooter. De’Jeeiare Davis received top honors for Patrol Tactics and Chase Lohr was recognized for most improved. Chase Lohr was also recognized for top honors for Defensive Tactics and Nathan Trever was honored for being most improved. Cadet Terri Curtis received the Emergency Vehicle Operation award.
In closing, Dekun congratulated cadets, thanking the family and friends for the support and encouragement they provided to cadets during the 16-week academy, and ended with, “Welcome to the Kirtland alumni family. We will always be here for you.”
Members of the KRPA Class 47 are: Bret Auger (Alpena), Jacob Byrd (Petoskey), Terri Curtis (Rogers City), De’Jeeiare Davis (Lansing), Lindsay Gutierrez (West Branch), Jackson Jones (Oxford), Adam Krot (Dearborn), Chase Lohr (Grayling), Tyler Midyett (Petoskey), Noah Morse (Mackinaw City), Velvet Peterson (Pellston), Nathan Traver (Roscommon) and Dylan Wyman (Grayling).
The KRPA can be contacted at 989-275-5000, ext. 348, or by visiting our website at www.kirtland.edu .