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Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy has Graduation for it's 100th Basic Academy

            According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 100th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 40 officers representing 14 agencies in the five-parish area.  There were 39 officers who completed 320 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement and 1 officer who completed a refresher course of 90 hours of instruction.  All 40 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

            Michael Melancon, Sulphur Police Department, was selected class president of the 100thBasic Academy and also received the Highest Scholastic Average honor.

            Firearms awards were presented to:

                        Adrian Quintela, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Christopher Daigle, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Michael Brinkley, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

            Defensive Tactics honor was presented to David Stanard, DeRidder Police Department

Officers graduating after completing 320 hours of instruction are as follows:

Ray Anderson, Michael Brinkley, Christopher Daigle, Henry Duhon, Lisa Franklin, Derek Gobert, Nicole Guidry, Landy Johnson, Wesley Jones, Joshua Laughlin, Mica Manuel, Christopher Miller,

              Chet Moseley, Adrian Quintela, James Smith II, John Wallace - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

            David Stanard, Erin Valdez- DeRidder Police Department

            Katy Perry, Jason Ledet- Westlake Police Department

            Justin Howerton, Vickie Monceaux- Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

            Mel Estess, Chase Jardneaux, Michael Melancon, Lawrence Martin- Sulphur Police Department

            Bobbi Ripley - Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

            Tyrone Armentor, Michael Gary- Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office

            Farrell Leger, Eddie McCue- Lake Charles Police Department

            Clifton George, Dustin Thigpen- Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

            Darrell Marler- DeQuincy Police Department

            Ian Harson- Iowa Police Department

            Donald Conner, Jr- Jennings Police Department

            Roddy Dauzat, Ronnie Strother- Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office

            Willard Foust- Merryville Police Department

            David Higginbotham– Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 90 hours of refresher courses.

            The Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy is located in Lake Charles and provides accredited training, serving law enforcement agencies in the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis.  It was established in 1974 and is administered by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.