CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – There are 14 new Class I special law enforcement officers after students graduated Wednesday, May 10 from the Cape May County Police Academy.
Cape May County Technical High School students took part in the program administered by Police Academy Director Thomas DePaul with the support of the Cape May County Association of Chiefs of Police, school officials said.
Matthew Pleasants, law and public safety instructor at Cape Tech, said the trained students can now be employed as Class I officers in Cape May County.
According to Pleasants, seniors in the last semester of high school attended the Police Academy one day a week to receive training from January through April. The students received instruction in criminal law, arrest, search and seizure, patrol techniques, observation and perception, civil disturbances, report writing, courtroom testimony, morals and ethics, defensive tactics, handcuffing, CPR, and first aid training.
The ceremony was attended by family and friends as well as academy staff and school administration officials. A letter of commendation from state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, Assemblyman Robert Andrzejczak, and Assemblyman Bruce Land was presented to each student.
Graduating students include: James Bright, III, of Cape May Court House; Kyle Eppright, of Swainton; Jack Gombar, of Cape May Court House; Christopher Kendrick, of Cape May Court House; Logan Laus, of Dennisville; John Mihal, of Cape May Court House; Joshua Moyer, of Cape May Court House; Kylie Price, of Woodbine; Emmalesse Sanchez, of Cape May Court House; Christopher Schiavo, of Villas; Nicholas Seliger, of Swainton; Alexandria Wenner, of Cape May Court House; Kayla Whitehead, of Cape May Court House; and Tyler Williams , of Ocean View.