The following is a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office:
Lake Charles, LA – According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 97th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 26 officers representing 10 agencies in the five-parish area.
There were 25 officers who completed 360 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement and 1 officer who completed a refresher course of 80 hours of instruction. All 26 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.
Benjamin Wild, Lake Charles Police Department, was selected class president of the 97th Basic Academy.
The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Anna Stillings, Lake Charles Police Department.
Firearms awards were presented to:
Logan Josker, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, first;
John Melton, IV, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, second;
Lance Grant, Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office, third;
Defensive Tactics honor was presented to Glenn Martin, Sulphur Police Department.
Officers graduating after completing 360 hours of instruction are as follows:
Keisha Dalcour, Dennis Duhon, Tracy Hamorski, Benjamin Hare, Dusty Hart, Amy Heller, Logan Josker, Evan Blake Lyons, John Melton IV, Lana Sonnier, Shelly Trahan - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office
Josh Davis, Anna Stillings, Benjamin Wild - Lake Charles Police Department
Jay Perkins - Oakdale Police Department
Roy Pippin - Westlake Police Department
Shawn Eubanks, Pamela Gaspard - Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office
Glenn Martin, Leslie Sonnier - Sulphur Police Department
Kobi Turner - Lake Arthur Police Department
Jason Dowden, Vance Iles - DeRidder Police Department
Lance Grant - Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office
Matt Doucet - McNeese Police Department
Paul Diakos, Jr.- Lake Charles Police Department graduated after completing 80 hours of refresher courses.