MANSFIELD - Graduation ceremonies for the 31th Mansfield University Municipal Police Officers' Training Academy were held on Oct. 10. The Act 120 Academy Training Program is a required 754-hour course to obtain certification to be a municipal police officer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The following cadets were members of the graduating class and are now eligible to be certified as municipal police officers in Pennsylvania: Alan Anderson Jr., Williamsport; Bryann Bingaman, Williamsport; Andrew Bishop, Milroy; Ryan Brague, Williamsport; Timothy Edner, Montrose; Ryan Hartley, State College; Richard Hofford, Jersey Shore; Kyle Hooker, Montoursville; Josh Klinger, Jersey Shore; David Krape, Jersey Shore; Jonathan Rachael, South Williamsport; Michael Reamsnyder, Williamsport; Quentin Reinford, McAlisterville; Cody Robinson, Coudersport; Matthew Rounsley, Lock Haven; Emily Schreckengost, Lancaster; and Jason Wilcox, Lawrenceville.
Brague was presented with the award for proficiency in firearms, Rounsley took driving proficiency honors and Hofford and Hooker won the physical training award. Bingaman won the high academic award.
Major Douglas Grimes of the Pennsylvania State Police and executive director of the Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission in Harrisburg was the guest speaker.
Grimes told the graduates that they must understand not only how to do their job as a police officer but also why they do the job.
He urged the graduates to only join the ranks of police officers if they felt it was their calling. He reminded them that they would have the ability to take away someone's freedom when they make an arrest but they must never take away a person's pride.
Class representative Richard Hofford spoke on behalf of the graduates.
Officer Frank Levindoski, MU Police Academy Training coordinator, bestowed diplomas upon the graduates, with the exception of Cadet Bryann Bingaman. His father, Correctional Counselor Ron Bingaman of the Federal Penitentiary at Lewisburg, presented the diploma to his son.
The graduates began the 11 month Academy Training Program on May 21. The required curriculum included training in laws and procedures, motor vehicle law and collision investigation, criminal investigation, crisis management, emergency vehicle operations, physical training, first aid and CPR, defensive tactics and firearms.