The Gloucester County Police Academy will hold its 30th Special Officer II Class graduation ceremony on Wednesday, March 21, at 3 p.m. in the Physical Education Center on the Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) campus.
Opening remarks will be made by RCGC Board of Trustees Chairperson Gene J. Concordia. The keynote address will be given by Chief Patrick Gurcsik, Washington Township Police Department. Concordia, Gurcsik and RCGC President Frederick Keating will award the diplomas.
The officers and their counties are:
Atlantic County: Mailon L. Demby, Troy J. Grams, La'Quay D. Green Sr., Ivaylo V. Ivanov, Wahab Malik, Danish Mohammad and Jamira Norwood, Atlantic City.
Burlington County: Corey Davis and Matthew A. Nagle, Westampton Township; Joseph Giorgi III, Mt. Holly; Eric Sibert, North Hanover Township; Brendan C. Smith, Burlington Township.
Camden County: Ronald C. Pataky III, Bellmawr; Carmen Rabottino IV and Richard M. Thomas, Magnolia.
Cumberland County: Marna Coyne, Colby W. Hemple, and Kaitlyn M. Williams, Bridgeton; Tyler J. Loteck, Millville.
Gloucester County: Jacob Bentsen, Brett S. Blaker, Frank J. Cicalese, Michael A. Mangino Jr., Zachary R. Seeds and Kyle Welsh, Washington Township; Collin A. Crawford, Deptford Township; Scott G. Dorsey, Glassboro; Joshua M. Poe-Cerdan, West Deptford Township; Ashton L. Pohlig, Greenwich Township.
The class officers are Frank J. Cicalese, president; Jacob Bentsen, vice-president; Brendan C. Smith, secretary/treasurer; Ronald C. Pataky III, class leader; Zachary R. Seeds, physical fitness leader; Corey Davis, 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 14, 2017. In addition to the night classes, the recruits are also required to participate in three physical fitness evaluation tests, six days of firearms training and five 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.