Deptford Twp. – The Gloucester County Police Academy will hold its 29th Special Officer II Class graduation ceremony on Wednesday, March 22, at 6 p.m. in the Physical Education Center on the Rowan College at Gloucester County campus.
Opening remarks will be made by Rowan College at Gloucester County President Frederick Keating and Board of Trustees Chairperson Gene J. Concordia.
The keynote address will be given by Chief Alex Fanfarillo, Glassboro Police Department. Keating, Concordia and Fanfarillo will award the diplomas.
The officers and their counties are:
Burlington County: Nicholas Dell-Priscoli, Mt. Holly; Chad M. Haney, Burlington City; Makenzie L. Murphy, Burlington City; Nicholas C. Taylor, Burlington City; Zachary D. York, North Hanover Twp.
Camden County: Mark DeBerardinis, Bellmawr; Robert J. Dugan, III, Berlin.
Cumberland County: Aaron T. Lane, Vineland; John M. Rizzo, II, Vineland; Brandon Edmund Triantos, Vineland.
Gloucester County: Sean Aitken, Glassboro; Matthew Barnett, Washington Twp.; Luke Brandon Ivey, Deptford Twp.; Jason T. Skidmore, Glassboro; Rebecca A. Wood, Washington Twp.
The class officers are: Sean Aitken, president/physical fitness leader; Matthew Barnett, vice-president; Rebecca A. Wood, secretary/treasurer; Jason T. Skidmore, class leader; Luke Brandon Ivey, guidon.
Special awards will be given at the ceremony for academics, marksmanship, vehicle operations, dedication, physical fitness and professionalism.
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 trainees must complete instruction, including professional development, criminal justice system, police community relations, law, arrest, search and-seizure, evidence, communications, vehicle operations, emergency medical care, weaponry and unarmed defense; patrol concepts; traffic; criminal investigation; physical fitness; and agency training.
The course is conducted on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and sessions began on August 15, 2016. In addition to the night classes, the recruits are also required to participate in three physical fitness evaluation tests, five days of firearms training and four vehicle operations sessions.
Rowan College at Gloucester County's 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.