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VC’s Law Enforcement Academy grads honored during ceremony

Group students only Victoria College’s Spring 2019 graduates of the Law Enforcement Academy’s 94th Basic Peace Officer Certification Class were honored on May 16 with a ceremony at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.

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Victoria College’s Spring 2019 graduates of the Law Enforcement Academy’s 94th Basic Peace Officer Certification Class were honored on May 16 with a ceremony at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. Pictured are, front row from left, Jaramillo Avila, Lee Jordan, Michael Ramirez and Alexander Garcia; second row, Laurel Honer, John Constante and John Enriquez; third row, Paul Leal, Alejandro Gonzalez and Norman Saenz; and, back row, Brian Gann, Emanuel Herrera, Jayde Walters and Ian Perritano.

Honer receives John Baylor Award for Outstanding Achievement

Fourteen Victoria College Law Enforcement Academy cadets were honored on May 16 at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts for completing VC’s 94th Basic Peace Officer Certification Class.

Victoria College President David Hinds welcomed guests to the ceremony. The Victoria County Sheriff’s Office Color Guard presented the colors, and Justin Surber, senior patrol officer for the Victoria Police Department, was the keynote speaker for the event.

Class leader Paul Leal of Victoria was the student speaker.

“Throughout your careers, you are going to run into numerous people, some great and some not so great,” Leal told his fellow cadets. “Learn something from all of them. The bad ones will show you all the wrong ways to treat people. The great ones will show you how to lead from the front and always lead by example.”

John Enriquez of Victoria was named the class valedictorian. Laurel Honer of Victoria received the John Baylor Award for Outstanding Achievement. The award is named in honor of the former Victoria Police Department officer and given to the “most outstanding student” as selected by class instructors.

Other graduates honored at the event were Brian Gann, Jayde Walters, Ian Perritano, Alejandro Gonzalez, Jaramillo Avila, Michael Ramirez and Alexander Garcia, all of Victoria; Emanuel Herrera of Port Lavaca; Norman Saenz of Cuero; John Constante of Beeville; and Lee Jordan of Seadrift.

Successful completion of the Basic Peace Officer Certification Class allows students to take the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) examination to become a certified peace officer in Texas.

VC offers two academies a year – one during the fall semester and another during the spring semester. Both academies are held Monday through Friday with classes meeting 8 to 10 hours a day.

For more information on VC’s Law Enforcement Academy, call (361) 582-3208 or email James.Martinez@VictoriaCollege.edu.