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Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 24 Cadets

Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 24 Cadets photo 5/8/2014 11:36:42 a.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

New Mexico Junior College’s Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy (SNMLEA) graduated its 32nd class on Friday, May 2 at Lea County Event Center.  The 24 cadets completed 16 weeks of classroom and practical training, along with daily physical fitness training.

23 of the 24 cadets were sponsored by law enforcement agencies.  The graduates include:  Deputy Bryce Bailey (Otero County Sheriff’s Department), Officer Zachary Bird (Carlsbad Police Department), Officer Allison Blake (Artesia Police Department), Officer Patrick Bryant (Carlsbad Police Department), Officer Quentin Bryant (Clovis Police Department), Officer Jake Capraro (NMSU Police Department), Officer David De Santiago (Carlsbad Police Department), Officer Justin Dominguez (Lovington Police Department), Deputy Jeremy Guana (Debaca County Sheriff’s Office), Officer Fernando Gomez (Lovington Police Department), Deputy Alfredo Guevara (Eddy County Sheriff’s Office), Officer Jason Guy (Hobbs Police Department), Officer Jeremy Kirk (Hobbs Police Department), Officer Haley Levy (Clovis Police Department), Officer Haley Levy (Clovis Police Department, Officer James Logsdon (Carlsbad Police Department), Officer Travis Loomis (Clovis Police Department), Officer Christopher Lucero (NM Tech Police Department), Officer Brandon Marinovich (Hobbs Police Department), Officer Reanna Molinaro (Hobbs Police Department), Deputy Harvey Park (Curry County Sheriff’s Office), Officer Shannon Simpkins (Hobbs Police Department), Officer Tyrell Slater (NMSU Police Department), Deputy Jason Vain (Lea County Sheriff’s Office), and Hayden Walker (self-sponsored).

Officer De Santiago of the Carlsbad Police Department received the distinguished graduate award, scoring a 96 percent overall average.

After receiving their certifications, family members and friends were asked to come forward and “pin” the individual badges on the cadets’ uniforms.  Then Judge David Finger swore them into office with the Oath of Honor.

Angela Byrd, Director of the SNMLEA program says, “Our mission is to provide a superior academic and vocational basic law enforcement training program.  These new graduates have met or exceeded the state mandated requirements for certification.  We are very proud of the Class A-14-32. They have continued the tradition of excellence.  

The SNMLEA program is sanctioned by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  It is taught by experienced and certified personnel including law enforcement officers, attorneys, criminal justice practitioners, and other state certified professional trainers in specialized area.  The cadets who complete the academy also earn 32 academic credit hours from NMJC, all of which may be applied toward an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice.

For information, contact Angela Byrd, Director of the Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy at or 575-492-2715.

NMJC is a comprehensive community college promoting success through learning.


Photo:  Cadets of the 32nd Class of the NMJC Southeastern New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy

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