The Gloucester County Police Academy will hold its 27th Special Officer II Class graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 20, 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 President Frederick Keating and Board of Trustees Chairperson Gene Concordia.
The keynote address will be given by Lt. Dennis H. Sims, Washington Township Police Department. Keating, Concordia and Sims will award the diplomas.
The officers and their counties are:
Burlington County: Michael J. Angelus, Moorestown Township.; Elliot A. Burgos and Steven J. Garzio, Fieldsboro; Richard Maerten, Burlington City; Timothy M. Pearson Jr., Lumberton; and Nicholas C. Stratis, Mt. Holly.
Camden County: Martin Brennan, Somerdale; Gregory P. Deputy, Ryan Durham, Michael McGeehan and Michael R. Valianti III, Oaklyn; Alexander J. Romano, Collingswood; Joshua J. Treusch, Merchantville; and Matthew T. Wolf, Magnolia.
Cumberland County: Glen Capazzi and Alfredo Rodriguez Jr., Vineland.
Gloucester County: Joseph M. Armata Jr. and Edward J. Fedor, Glassboro; Robert C. Becker III, Daniel Richard Romero and John H. Skinner, Woolwich Township; Lindsay A. Davis and Christopher Gentile; Greenwich Township; Daniel R. Farid and Michael T. Rocco, Franklinville; and Shaun Hughes and Neil Pladus, Washington Township.
The class officers are: Ryan Durham, president; Daniel R. Farid, vice-president; Lindsay A. Davis, secretary/treasurer; Joshua J. Treusch, class leader; Elliot A. Burgos, physical fitness leader and Richard Maerten, 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 18, 2014. 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.