Second Sheriff’s Academy graduates
More than 300 family members, co-workers and well-wishers gathered at the MCL auditorium on the TWU campus Saturday, Nov. 22., to witness the Denton County Sheriff’s Academy Class of 2009 graduate and be sworn in as law enforcement officers. The class of 25 was the second to graduate from the academy since its creation in 2006.
“When I took office almost four years ago I wanted to increase the professionalism of the department, but I also wanted to provide more opportunities and increase the morale,” Sheriff Benny Parkey said. “I think we’ve done that with this academy, thanks to a lot of hard work, from not only the students, but from the entire organization.”
Sergeant Jeff Davis of the Sheriff’s Office CID was guest speaker. He also was presented with the best instructor award by the class.
“You are entrusted with the responsibility of not only protecting the public, but serving that public also,” Sergeant Davis told the class. “I urge you to protect and serve that public to the best of your abilities.”
The Sheriff’s Office was licensed to operate its own police academy in April, 2006.
The academy held three three-month block sections throughout the year. Classes were held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
“This was an exceptional group academically,” said Lt. Lin Jones, director of Professional Standards and Career Development for the Sheriff’s Office and coordinator of the academy. “The class average was 87.6 with seven students maintaining averages of 90 or better. I look forward to seeing what they do with this new license.”
Top row, L to R: Nathan Ervin, Allen Slater, Charles Kemmitz, Jeffrey Tyler, Michele LeHotsky, Barry AcFalle,
Paul Clark, Evelyn Bradford, Juan Rubalcava, Debra Banks. Middle row: Jess Moran, Jason Ragsdale, Thomas
Isbell, Annie Highfill, Charley Smith, Aaron Sandoval, James Bennett, Ron Smith. Bottom row: Ezequiel Tijerina,
Kelly Bland, Desydelia Luevanos, Shandra Floyd, Richard Carlson, Scott Davis, Micah Simpkins.
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