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Montana Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 55 New Officers

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At a ceremony this morning, the Montana Law Enforcement Academy graduated 55 new officers who will serve 28 different agencies across the state. The Montana Law Enforcement Academy is operated by the Montana Department of Justice, providing basic and advanced training for state, county, city and tribal law enforcement officers throughout the state.

 

"Each of you has been called to protect and to serve, and such a calling places a high and difficult burden on you as professionals, and as members of your communities," Attorney General Tim Fox told the graduates.  "I wish that I could tell you that it will be smooth sailing from here on, but you wouldn't be here if you didn't yearn for challenge and if you didn't welcome the challenges ahead."

 

The class elected Gallatin County Deputy Matthew Porter to speak on its behalf during the ceremony. "Through this training we have all grown, developed, and bonded," he said. "Through these bonds, we have created a network and joined a family of law enforcement.  Leave here knowing you can reach out to get help or support.  Take your personal strengths and life experiences, continue to build those skills and abilities, and use them to help or teach others."

 

Several of the graduates received awards for their performance during training:

 

·        Gallatin County Deputy Matthew Porter received the Don Williams Award, which is given to the officer elected by the class as Class Representative. The award is given in memory of Thompson FallsPolice Chief Don Williams, who was killed in the line of duty in 1974.

 

·        Fish, Wildlife and Parks Game Warden Tyler Ramaker received the Health and Physical Fitness Award, which is given to the officer in each class who participates and excels in the Hard Rock Challenge and achieves the class's best score in the Montana Physical Abilities Test.

 

·        Pondera County Deputy Andy Lund also received the Paul Williams Award, which is given to the officer in each class who has provided great inspiration to the staff and student through his display of unwavering dedication and determination. The award is given in memory of the late Chouteau County Sheriff Paul Williams.

 

·        Hamilton Police Officer Clayton Moore received the Jack Wiseman Award, which is given to the officer in each class who is selected by his peers as the most outstanding officer. The officers of each class select the recipient by pondering two questions: 1) if you were a law enforcement agency administrator, who would you most want to hire? 2) if it were 2am and things were going bad quickly, who would you most want to know was coming to help you? The award is given in tribute to Jack Wiseman, who served as a training officer and commander at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy for more than 22 years.

 

·        Missoula Police Officer Ross Colyer received the Joe May Award, which is given to the office in each class who displays exceptional leadership and an incredible sense of motivation. The award is given in honor of the late Joe May, one of the people credited with the conception and creation of the Montana Law Enforcement Academy.

 

·        Missoula County Deputy Joshua Johnston received the Glenn Janes Award, which is given to the student in each class who demonstrates the highest level of proficiency in the Police Vehicle Operation Course. The award is given in honor of Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Glenn Janes, who served as a driving instructor at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy.

 

·        Kalispell Police Officer Ronald Clackler received the Jimmy Kaaro award, which is given to the officer who achieves the highest level of academic standing in each class. Case has an overall average of 98.49% on all academic course work. The award is given in honor of retired Fergus County Sheriff Jimmy Kaaro.

 

·        Granite County Deputy James Russell received the Josh Rutherford Award, which is given to the officer in each class who achieves the highest scores in defensive tactics. The award is given in memory of Blaine County Deputy Sheriff Josh Rutherford, who was a defensive tactics instructor with the Montana Law Enforcement Academy when he lost his life in the line of duty in 2003.

 

·        Fish, Wildlife and Parks Game Warden Tyler Ramaker also received the Alex Mavity Award, which is given to the student from each class who achieves the highest accumulated score on all academic and skills-based training. The award is given in honor of Billings Police Department Detective Alex Mavity, who was killed in the line of duty in 1989.

 

·        Flathead County Deputy Mark Askvig received the Hal Vogelsang Award, which is given to the officer in each class who displays the highest degree of fidelity as determined by the academy staff. The recipient has demonstrated exceptional qualities of honor, pride, integrity, duty, loyalty, and service to not only the class but the staff and entire profession. The award is given in honor of Hal Vogelsang, who served as an FBI special agent for more than 36 years and as a training officer at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy for more than 25 years.

 

·        Manhattan Police Officer Brian Angulo received the Allen Kimery Award, which is given in recognition of outstanding marksmanship and the class's highest ranking in firearms training through marksmanship, safety, and tactical proficiency. The award is given in honor of Missoula County Sheriff Deputy Allen Kimery, who was killed in the line of duty in 1984.

 

Roster of class #152:

 

Johnson, Brandon

Billings Police Department

Richter, Jeffrey

Billings Police Department

Beemer, Jim

Blaine County Sheriff's Office

Ritterbach, Thomas

Blaine County Sheriff's Office

Collinson, Renee

Boulder Police Department

Hale, Dennis

Chouteau County Sheriff's Office

Stratton, Seth

Columbia Falls Police Department

Lucas, Kyle

Conrad Police Department

Eastman, Geoffrey

Crow Tribal Police

Balis, Brad

Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Morin, Phillip Ben

Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Ramaker, Tyler

Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Winters, Tegan

Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Askvig, Mark

Flathead County Sheriff's Office

Ellis, Titus

Gallatin County Sheriff's Office

Porter, Matthew

Gallatin County Sheriff's Office

Gramm, Joel

Glendive Police Department

Russell, James

Granite County Sheriff's Office

Moore, Clayton

Hamilton Police Department

Renshaw, Steve

Helena Police Department

Strange, Marcus

Helena Police Department

Mercer, Scott

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Clackler, Ronald

Kalispell Police Department

Angulo, Brian

Manhattan Police Department

Johnston, Joshua

Missoula County Sheriff's Office

Colyer, Ross

Missoula Police Department

Branam, Ryland

Motor Carrier Services

Gull, Derek

Motor Carrier Services

Kinsey, Michael

Motor Carrier Services

Caye, Christine

Motor Carrier Services

Hefflin, Sean

Motor Carrier Services

Loewen, Jon

Motor Carrier Services

Meadows, Justin

Motor Carrier Services

Williams, Joshua

Motor Carrier Services

Miller, Eric

Motor Carrier Services

Wheatcroft, Anthony

Motor Carrier Services

Barker, Caitlin

MSU Police Department

Harvey, Ethan

Plains Police Department

Lund, Andy

Pondera County Sheriff's Office

Heavrin, Wesley

Pre-Service

Garcia, James

Ronan Police Department

Busch, Elizabeth

Rosebud County Sheriff's Office

Thornhill, Robert

Thompson Falls Police Department

Wootan, Brandon

Toole County Sheriff's Office

Greydanus, Andrew

Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office

Harris, Aaron

Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office

Burke, Gary

Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office

 

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