Deptford Twp – Outstanding Achievement awards were presented to seven graduates of the 47th Basic Police Class of the Gloucester County Police Academy on Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the Physical Education Center on the campus of Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC).
Twenty-eight 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 RCGC President Frederick Keating and Board of Trustees Chairman Gene Concordia. The keynote address was presented by
Lt. Vincent DiPietro, of the Franklin Township Police Department. Following the presentation of diplomas, achievement awards were presented to the following graduates:
Class leader Robert J. Heffner, Monroe Township, earned the Special Dedication and Physical Training Awards.
Monroe Township’s Andrew R. Sharp received the Director’s, Firearms and Physical Training Awards. The Physical Training Award was also presented to class president Mark E. Yoshioka Jr., Bridgeton.
The Gloucester County Hero Scholarship and Academic Awards were presented to Sean W. Henderson, Salem County Sheriff’s Department.
Andrew Douglas McDonald, Salem received the Firearms Award.
William R. Pintozzi, Monroe Township, was presented the Administrator Robert D. Melson Merit Award.
Guidon Daniel Butchko, The College of New Jersey, earned the Vehicle Operations Award.
The 28 graduates represented Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties, as well as The College of New Jersey and 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.