The Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy graduated its 61st class during a ceremony held May 11, 2016, at Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum.
Recently appointed United States Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer was the ceremony’s keynote speaker.
A Lewiston native, Judge Roemer’s father was a New York State Police trooper. He said that he liked that his father wore a police uniform and carried a gun, but “never appreciated that he could get hurt.” That changed when Judge Roemer’s mother received a call informing her that her husband had been injured while working part-time as a State Park Police officer.
“I learned that being a police officer was a dangerous job,” said Judge Roemer, who has taught as a senior lecturer in Niagara University’s criminal justice department. “But I always believed my dad would come home safe every day.”
Following Judge Roemer’s remarks, NCLEA co-directors Lt. Aaron Shultz and Detective John Faso presented diplomas to this spring’s graduates:
- Eric Brace, Pre-Employment
- Jeffrey Calkins, Pre-Employment
- Adam Donner, Pre-Employment
- John Dowd, Pre-Employment
- Brodie Egan, Pre-Employment
- Kevin Elledge, Pre-Employment
- Jonathan Emmons, Pre-Employment
- David Ieracci, Pre-Employment
- Aaron Lilly, Pre-Employment
- Christopher Miller, Pre-Employment
- Joshua Neal, Pre-Employment
- Michael Rosky, Pre-Employment
- Brent Russell*, Middleport Police Department
- Sean Wiktoroski, Pre-Employment
*Russell began the academy as pre-employment recruit and was hired by the Middleport Police Department last month.
John Dowd, the academy class president, said that the training and guidance of the NCLEA’s co-directors helped solidify his career aspirations.
“I can speak for myself in saying that I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go in life,” he told the audience. “After being in the company of so many amazing instructors and the knowledge they brought to us, it showed me the path that I want to walk.”
- Academic Award: Brodie Egan
- Physical Fitness Award: Michael Rosky
- Sgt. Jeff Juron Defensive Tactics Award: Adam Donner
- Jeffrey A. Incardona Memorial Award: John Dowd
- Joseph E. Steblein Memorial Award: David Ieraci
“You should be extremely proud of yourself and the progress you made from your first day of class,” Lt. Shultz told the graduates. “You all have great potential and we are confident your potential will be fulfilled.”
Added Judge Roemer, “You have all shown that you have what it takes to be terrific law enforcement officers and public servants – and I congratulate you.”
Niagara University is the only four-year, private college in New York to host a full-time police academy.
Coordination of the program on Niagara’s campus is undertaken by the university’s Office of Continuing Education and criminal justice department.
For more information about the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy, please call 716.286.8759 or email ude.aragain@aelcn.