Outstanding Achievement awards were presented to seven graduates of the 51st Basic Police Class of the Gloucester County Police Academy on Wednesday, Dec. 13, in the Physical Education Center on the campus of Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC).
Thirty-nine men and women graduated with fanfare and good wishes, marking the completion of their 19-week training session. Police Academy Director Fred H. Madden welcomed guests, with opening remarks provided by Board of Trustees Chairperson Gene J. Concordia. The keynote address was presented by Chief Vernon Marino, of the Paulsboro Police Department. Following the presentation of diplomas, achievement awards were presented to the following graduates:
Maruba Harris, Vineland, was presented with the Director's and Physical Training Awards.
Vineland's Bobby B. Laboy and Anthony Torres received the Firearms Award.
Theodore J. Skordinsky, Gloucester County Sheriff's Department, received the Academic Award.
The Administrator Robert D. Melson Merit Award was presented to Erich J. Thumhart, Hamilton Township.
Class Leader Katelin P. Macken, Harrison Township, earned the Special Dedication Award.
Ricardo Jose Solla Jr., Pennsauken, received the Vehicle Operations Award.
The 39 graduates represented Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland and Gloucester Counties, as well as Rowan University.
The Gloucester County Police Academy operates as an autonomous unit within RCGC's Division of Law and Justice.
Rowan College at Gloucester County is located on a 250-acre campus on Tanyard Road, Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.