Outstanding Achievement awards were presented to 11 graduates of the 53rd Basic Police Class of the Gloucester County Police Academy on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Physical Education Center on the campus of Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC).
Twenty men and two 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 retired Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) Daniel Brown of the Drug Enforcement Agency. Following the presentation of diplomas, achievement awards were presented to the following graduates:
David Byerley, alternate route West Deptford Township, was presented with the Special Dedication and Physical Training Awards.
Wilfredo Rodriguez Jr., Voorhees Township, received the Firearms and Director Awards.
Cherry Hill's Shadi Zaiton received the Academic Award.
The Administrator Robert D. Melson Merit Award and Physical Training Award were presented to Emilio Christopher Santiago, Cumberland County Sheriff's Department.
Joshua Joyce, New Jersey Department of Human Services, received the Vehicle Operations Award.
Robert C. Belcher III and Vincent Samuel Cicatiello, Washington Township; Jamal Johnathan Moore, Willingboro Township; Victor R. Nelson, Pleasantville; and Corey Sonessa-Musilli and Timothy Sost, Cherry Hill received the Physical Training Award.
Class officers for the 53rd Police Course include: President Kendall K. Washington, Vice-President Craig A. Dennis Jr., Secretary/Treasurer Kaylene Torres Cosme, Class Leader David Byerley, Physical Fitness Leader Victor R. Nelson and Guidon Emilio Christopher Santiago.
The 22 graduates represented Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland and Gloucester Counties and the state of New Jersey.
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.