Calcasieu Parish regional academy holds graduation

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.

The Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy is located in Lake Charles and provides accredited training, serving law enforcement agencies in the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis.  It was established in 1974 and is administered by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.