Freehold: Sheriff Shaun Golden commended the 31 graduates of the 17th Annual Citizen’s Police Academy on October 29, during a ceremony at the Monmouth County Police Academy, in Freehold. Citizen’s Police Academy strives to build cooperation and understanding between law enforcement and the residents they serve through classroom discussion, guest speakers, tours of law enforcement facilities and group interaction.
“This fine group of graduates should be commended for their desire to serve their communities,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “I thank each one of them for dedicating their time to learn about the responsibilities of law enforcement and how we work together to keep our communities, county and country safe.”
Those selected for the six week program were presented with an overview of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Division, the 9-1-1 Communications Center, the Office of Emergency Management and the Monmouth County Correctional Institution. The graduates became certified in basic first aid and were provided with presentations on Superstorm Sandy, homeland security and forensic science. One of the highlights of the training was a tour of the Monmouth County Correctional Institution.
In addition, graduates were also presented with the opportunity to volunteer in the sheriff’s office VISCOMP program, (Volunteers In Sheriff’s Community Programs). Citizen’s Police Academy is a pre-requisite to become a VISCOMP volunteer.
“The time dedicated by our VISCOMP volunteers has exceeded 2,900 hours. Those volunteer efforts have enabled us to maintain many community safety programs in Monmouth County,” said Sheriff Golden. “I thank all of our volunteers and welcome the new ones who have made this commitment.”
Citizen Police Academy Graduates: Michelle Francine Hance-Allentown, Gertrude Syphax-Asbury Park, Wilbur C. Bishof-Atlantic Highlands, Anita Dedalis-Colts Neck, Emory A. Dedalis-Colts Neck, Richelle L. Garvey-Hazlet, Brendan Michael Porfido-Holmdel, Brandon S. Allentoff-Howell, Mark Waldhelm-Howell, Edward Walter Werthwein-Howell,Christian Café Almazan-Long Branch, Leon Galler-Manalapan, Brian P. Murray-Manalapan, Matthew W. Niebling-Manalapan, Sarah Jessica Schoengood-Manalapan, Barbara M. Pfeifer-Manasquan, Herman F. Pfeifer-Manasquan, Lynn DeRocco-Manalapan, Harold Wiener-Marlboro, Sherry Marie Irish-Matawan, Gregory Wood Irish-Matawan, Raj Dixit-Morganville, Peggy A. Renkel-Morganville, Nicole Renkel-Morganville, Patricia Noriega-Neptune, Ralph Noriega-Neptune, Rachel E. LeMeune-Ocean, Debra Ryan Clayton-Oceanport, Andrew Dean Siciliano-Red Bank, Donna A. Fary-Shrewsbury & Victor C. Huhn Sr.-West Long Branch.