Law Enforcement Training Academy graduates 46 students

By Special to the American Press

Forty-six people became certified peace

officers Wednesday during the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement

Training Academy’s

103rd Basic Academy graduation.

The officers — from 16 agencies — passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing exam. Forty-four of them completed 320

hours of instruction in basic law enforcement; two officers completed a 90-hour refresher course.

John Hollier of the Lake Charles Police Department was chosen as class president. Kimberly Juneau of the Jeff Davis Sheriff’s

Office received the highest scholastic average honor.

John Hollier, Carlos Spina and Bradley

Puckett, all of the Lake Charles Police Department, received first-,

second- and third-place

firearms awards. Jerod Abshire of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s

Office was awarded the Defensive Tactics Honor.

Officers who completed basic

instruction: Jerod Abshire, Kay Authement, Tori Boone, Ron Castille,

Joshua Fontenot, Joshua

Neal, Michael Richard, Matthew Saxby, William Vaughan, Alexander

Vincent, Timothy Walls Jr., David Webster and Benjamin White,

Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office; Tyler Gaston, John Hollier, Travis

Melancon, Bradley Puckett, Preston Ross, Summer Sizemore, Carlos

Spina, Stefanie Veillon and David Wagoner, Lake Charles Police

Department; Garrett Beeson and Timothy Burgess, Allen Parish

Sheriff’s Office; Steven Darrah and James Shaneck, Beauregard

Parish Sheriff’s Office; Sooner Huddleston and Lester Whatley,

Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office; Gene Clark, Kevin Ray and

Samantha Warren, DeRidder Police Department; Jeanne Joubert and

Joshua Stelly, Eunice Police Department; Russell Jimenez, Iowa

Police Department; Kimberly Juneau and Tyler Parsley, Jeff

Davis Sheriff’s Office; Christopher Bergeaux, Jennings Police

Department; Sam Kayal, Lake Charles Harbor Police Department;

interim Chief Jason Lanier and Michael Stelly, Merryville Police

Department; Kevin Froehlick, Brandon Johnson and Jerry Giles,

Oakdale Police Department; Justin Guillotte, Sulphur Police

Department; Trevor Foreman, Welsh Police Department; and David

Lyons, Westlake Police Department.

Eric Nunez of the Cameron Sheriff’s Office and Elijah Williams, DeRidder police, completed refresher courses.

The training academy, established in 1974, provides accredited training to law enforcement agencies in the five-parish area.