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  • New police recruits graduate

  • The 80th Delaware State Police and 70th Municipal Recruit Class graduation ceremony took place Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Education and Humanities building located on the campus of Delaware State University.


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  • The 80th Delaware State Police and 70th Municipal Recruit Class graduation ceremony was held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Education and Humanities building located on the campus of Delaware State University.
     
    Twenty Delaware State Troopers and 14 municipal officers representing: Bridgeville, Delaware State University, Dover, Harrington, Georgetown, Millsboro, Newark and Wyoming graduated.
     
    Representative Peter C. Schwartzkopf, Delaware House of Representatives Majority Leader, was the keynote speaker. United States Senator Thomas R. Carper, Governor Jack Markell, Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security Lewis D. Schiliro and Superintendent of the Delaware State Police, Colonel Thomas F. Mac Leish also provided remarks at the graduation.
     
    The 80th Delaware State Police Class:
     
    Trooper Stephen J. Ballard
    Trooper Susan M. Carbine
    Trooper Heidi E. Carroll
    Trooper Marc T. Conway
    Trooper Brock A. Dean
    Trooper Dustin A. Dukes
    Trooper Bryon M. Haupt
    Trooper Samantha E. Joseph
    Trooper Joshua J. Jubb
    Trooper John J. Klemash
    Trooper Thomas W. LuKach
    Trooper Joshua C. Miller
    Trooper Brian W. O’Hern
    Trooper Brian L. Pixley
    Trooper Nicole A. Rallo
    Trooper Robert Reaves
    Trooper Michael L. Ripple
    Trooper Scott J. Shelton
    Trooper John W. Wheatley
    Trooper William D. Yeldell Jr.
     
    The 70th municipal class:
     
    • Officer Richard T. Baker
    Bridgeville Police Department
     
    • Officer Ryan A. Hogan
    Bridgeville Police Department
     
    • Officer John B. McQuown
    Bridgeville Police Department
     
    • Officer James P. Piazza
    Dover Police Department
     
    • Officer Brain M. Wood
    Dover Police Department
     
    • Officer Justin Buchwald
    Delaware State University Police Department
     
    • Officer Theodore Johnson
    Delaware State University Police Department
     
    • Officer Christopher L. Cooper
    Georgetown Police Department
     
    • Officer Jennifer M. Kerin
    Georgetown Police Department
     
    • Officer James M. Locklear
    Georgetown Police Department
     
    • Officer Jessica L. Jacobs
    Harrington Police Department
     
    • Officer Evan K. Rogers
    Millsboro Police Department
     
    • Officer James N. Spadola
    Newark Police Department
     
    • Officer Michael Petyo
    Wyoming Police Department
     
    The following is a list of awards and recipients that were presented at the ceremony:
     
    • The Governor’s Outstanding Recruit Trooper Award was presented to Trooper John W. Wheatley
    Page 2 of 2 - • The Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security Award was presented to Trooper Brock A. Dean
    • The Delaware Police Chiefs’ Council Award was presented to Officer Evan K. Rogers / Millsboro PD
    • The Attorney General’s Award for Legal Excellence was presented to Officer Brian M. Wood / Dover PD
    • The Outstanding Proficiency in Police Firearms Municipal Award was presented to Officer Michael Petyo / Wyoming PD
    • The Outstanding Proficiency in Police Firearms for DSP Award was presented to Trooper John W. Wheatley
    • The DSP Academy Physical Fitness Award was presented to Officer Christopher L. Cooper / Georgetown PD
    • The Director of Training Law Enforcement Core Values Award was presented to Trooper Joshua C. Miller
     

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