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Posted on: December 14, 2018

First Galveston College police academy class graduates

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GALVESTON, TX – Dec. 14, 2018 – After five months of training and classes at Galveston College, 13 Galveston Police Department cadets graduated Friday, earning their badge and joining the department as the newest patrol officers.
While this is the 78th Police Academy class, this is the first to graduate from Galveston College after the City of Galveston formed a partnership with the local community college this year. Previously, the department’s police academy had taken its coursework at the College of the Mainland.

“Moving this class to Galveston was one of my first priorities when I joined the department this year,” Police Chief Vernon Hale said. “Police officers represent and protect the community, and it’s important to build that community bond early. Galveston College offers a fantastic program and we’re fortunate to have this option in our community.”

During the last five months, cadets were academically trained in Policy and Procedure, Use of Force, Criminal Investigations, Community Outreach, and Family and Juvenile Crime.  Outside the classroom, they trained in police driving, firearm proficiency, self-defense, building searches, and traffic stops.

The Galveston Police Department hired the cadets about six months ago after they completed the Civil Service Exam and passed a series of other tests and screenings. The officers will begin patrol this month and continue field training for another six months before they become sworn officers.

Please join us in welcoming the newest Galveston officers: Tristen Allen, Kenneth Callister, Matthew Cauley, Clayton Cole, Zoie Delacerda, Jonathan Douglas, Enrique Garcia, Jr., Justin Gibbs, Trevor Hennington, Ethan Kahla, Jacob Lira, Martin Martinez, Larry Murph, Alberto Rodriguez, Tyler TenEyck, Jesus Jaurez-Vasquez and Victoria Westbrook-Cauley.

“I expect the newest Galveston police officers to be guardians and soldiers – and to take care of the community and continue to make this island proud,” Hale said.

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