14 graduate from training academy
Fourteen cadets with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office graduated from the sheriff’s office Regional Training Academy Thursday after 14 weeks of law enforcement training, according to a news release from Sheriff Mark Hebert.
Hebert presented graduation certificates to the 53rd session of the Louisiana Peace Officer Standards and Training Basic Law Enforcement Academy on Thursday.
The academy prepares cadets to meet the many challenges facing today’s law enforcement officers by teaching and training to high standards of professionalism in policing, the release stated.
Among the extensive curriculum and certification programs are criminal and traffic law, ethics and standards of conduct, first aid and CPR, crisis intervention, crime prevention, defensive tactics, firearms training, and physical conditioning. Cadets are also taught the value of respect, selfless service, and integrity, the release stated.
The three and a half months of training under Academy Director Capt. Brian P. Charpentier culminated with the Louisiana Peace Officer Standards and Training test, which the 14 cadets successfully completed the basic training academy and passed the test, allowing them to graduate with the new certifications.
Deputy Heidi Sampey received the Top Gun Award for the highest average score in firearm performance.
Deputy Bobby Glynn Jr. received the Top Athlete Award for the highest average score in athletic performance.
Deputy Jamie Moore was presented with the John Kahl Sr. Award of Excellence, which is presented to a deputy who achieves the highest academic average.
During the graduation ceremony held at the Forest Restaurant in Franklin, Hebert told graduates to trust and rely on their academy training and the knowledge and experience shared by the instructors, the release stated.
“In a time of crisis you will revert to that training,” Hebert said. Hebert also thanked those who attended the ceremony for supporting the graduates. “Family and faith are a vital part of being a successful law enforcement officer,” he said.