Public Safety Training Academy Graduates 37 Law Enforcement Officers

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SITKA, Alaska – A class of 37 law enforcement officers graduated from the Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka, Friday November 16, 2018. The graduation ceremony took place at 1:00 p.m. at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Tribal Community House, and officially concludes Alaska Law Enforcement Training (ALET) Session No. 1802. The Alaska State Troopers will stream the ceremony Live on Facebook.

ALET Session 1802 Graduates:

Kristen Benge, Alaska State Troopers
Mathieu Benoit, Alaska State Troopers
Dean Cavanaugh, CCTH VPSO
Eligio Contreas, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
Calvin Culverwell, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
Richmond Dorris, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
Rachel Eytalis, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
Kyle Feuge, Alaska State Troopers
Michael Forcier, Alaska Wildlife Troopers
Jordon Goss, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
John Green, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
Alfredo Guzman, Alaska State Troopers
Benjamin Hager, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
Cassandra Hajicek, Alaska Wildlife Troopers
Patrick Hargis, Alaska State Troopers
Peter Heid, Alaska Wildlife Troopers
Sonya Hood, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
Jojo Inaldo, Kodiak Police Department
Adam Jackson, Alaska State Troopers
Vincent Kowalski, Ketchikan Police
Brian LeMay, Alaska State Troopers
Kenton Mayfield, Alaska State Troopers
Harrison McKenney, Alaska State Troopers
Cordell Murray, Nome Police
Kaelen Paulson, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
Emma Smith, North Slope Borough Police
Joshua Spann, Alaska Wildlife Troopers
Gavin Strahan, Anchorage Airport Police & Fire
Charles Strickland, Alaska State Troopers
Coby Sutton, Alaska State Troopers
Scout Sutton, Alaska State Troopers
Samuel Thorvilson, Alaska State Troopers
Heidi Venie, Alaska State Troopers
Coby Webb, Alaska State Troopers
Brett Welborn, Fairbanks Police
Lorena Williams, Yakutat Police Department
Kathryne Wolski, Kodiak Area Native Association VPSO

“These graduates have demonstrated loyalty, integrity, and commitment,” Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan said. “I congratulate each of them on their success, and welcome them to Alaska’s law enforcement family. The people of this state will be well-protected through their service.”

Law enforcement students from around the state went through 1,042 hours of training during the 16-week basic ALET. The training incorporates intensive instruction in law enforcement-related topics, physical fitness, and scenario-based exercises – all designed to prepare entry-level police officers, village public safety officers, and Troopers for a successful career in law enforcement. Nearly 25% of the graduating class are female.

Following graduation, the 19 Trooper recruits will continue their training at the academy for an additional two weeks. The “Trooper Basic” training includes tailored and advanced training in fish and wildlife investigations, boating safety, survival, commercial fisheries enforcement, search and rescue, and critical stress management. Recruits also participate in additional scenario-based trainings.

Upon completion of Trooper Basic, recruits will move towards their first duty assignments in either Fairbanks, Soldotna, or the Mat-Su Valley, and begin a 12-week Field Training and Evaluation Program. All Trooper recruits are expected to develop to the point of being able to perform all law enforcement functions independently. If successful, the Trooper recruits will be promoted to the rank of Trooper upon completion of their probationary period, generally 12 months from the start of the academy.