Rowan College at Gloucester County

Awards Presented To 31st Special Officer II Class Graduates

College Relations, Communications, and Marketing
Deptford Twp.
Date: 3/20/2019

Outstanding Achievement awards were presented to graduates of the 31st Special Officer II Class of the Gloucester County Police Academy on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in the Physical Education Center on the campus of Rowan College at Gloucester County.

Police recruits graduated with fanfare and good wishes, marking the completion of their seven-month training session. Training Coordinator Lt. James R. Sentell welcomed the attendees, who included several senior law enforcement professionals and public officials, along with families and friends of the graduates. The graduates represented Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Middlesex and Morris counties.

Opening remarks were made by Board of Trustees Chairperson Gene J. Concordia. The keynote address was given by Chief Franklin Brown (Ret.), of the Glassboro Police Department.

Following the awarding of diplomas, achievement awards were presented to the following graduates:

The Special Dedication Award was presented to Joseph Russo of Washington Twp.

Austin D. Rice of Collingswood received the Vehicle Operations Award.

The Director’s Award and the Firearms Award were presented to Mark Peiffer of Pine Hill.

Patrick Deitz of Stratford and Kevin J. Doherty of Washington Twp. received the Physical Training Award.

The Academic Award and the Administrator Robert O. Melson Award were presented to Robert W. Frett, Jr. of Runnemede.

Special Officer II graduates are authorized to exercise full powers and duties similar to those of a permanent, regularly appointed, full-time police officer.

The police academy operates as an autonomous unit within RCGC’s Law and Justice Division.

Rowan College at Gloucester County is located on a 250-acre campus on Tanyard Road, Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.