The Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy graduated its 62nd class during a ceremony held July 1, 2016, at Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum.

The ceremony’s keynote speaker was New York Sen. Robert G. Ortt, a decorated Army veteran who served in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

“By no means is this the end. It’s the beginning of a long journey, and a calling that you’ve been chosen to do,” Sen. Ortt told the graduates. “As someone who has worn a uniform before, albeit a different one, I want to say thank you for being willing to serve, for being willing to raise your hand and say, ‘Send me, I will go.’”

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Following Sen. Ortt’s remarks, NCLEA co-directors Lt. Aaron Shultz and Detective John Faso presented diplomas to 13 graduates:

  • Patrick Ciccarelli, Niagara Falls Police Department
  • Sebastian Czajka, Pre-Employment
  • Joseph DeVoe, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office
  • Anthony Haag, Pre-Employment
  • Robert Henning, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office
  • Daniel Janicki, Pre-Employment
  • Keith Kennedy, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office
  • Michael Maio, Niagara Falls Police Department
  • Michael Salada, Lewiston Police Department
  • John Sheehan, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office
  • Joshua Slupinski, Pre-Employment
  • Adam Szwartz, Lockport Police Department
  • Rashad Travis, Niagara Falls Police Department

Award recipients:

  • Academic Award: Keith Kennedy and Michael Salada
  • Physical Fitness Award: Rashad Travis
  • Top Gun Award: Robert Henning
  • Sgt. Jeff Juron Defensive Tactics Award: Rashad Travis
  • Jeffrey A. Incardona Memorial Award: Patrick Ciccarelli
  • Joseph E. Steblein Memorial Award: Keith Kennedy

Niagara University is the only four-year, private college in New York to host a full-time police academy.

“The academy truly adds a wonderful dynamic to our educational environment,” said Dr. Debra Colley, NU’s executive vice president, during her closing remarks. “In many ways, the work that is represented by this academy is an extension of our Vincentian mission, and we are forever grateful to carry out this work with all of you.”

Coordination of the program on Niagara’s campus is undertaken by the university’s Office of Continuing Education and criminal justice department.

An information session for anyone interested in joining the academy will be held July 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Niagara University.

For more information about the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy, please call 716.286.8759 or email ude.aragain@aelcn.

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