The Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy graduated its 68th class during a ceremony held Aug. 8 at Niagara University.

Former Niagara County Sheriff Thomas A. Beilein was the ceremony’s keynote speaker.

NCLEA co-directors Lt. Shawn Grapes and Detective John Faso presented diplomas to this spring’s graduates:

  • Alexander Hall, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office
  • Christopher Hoffman, Tonawanda Police Department
  • Kyle Krtanik, Batavia Police Department
  • Derek Pacheco, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mitchell Pegan, Pre-employment
  • Julia Taylor, Tonawanda Police Department

Alexander Hall was chosen as the 68th academy’s class president.

Award recipients:

  • Academic Award: Alexander Hall
  • Physical Fitness Award: Mitchell Pegan
  • Sgt. Jeff Juron Defensive Tactics Award: Christopher Hoffman
  • Jeffrey A. Incardona Memorial Award: Alexander Hall
  • Joseph E. Steblein Memorial Award: Julia Taylor
  • Top Gun Award: Derek Pacheco

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 External Programs (formerly Continuing Education) and criminal justice department.

For more information about the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy, please call 716.286.8759, email or visit

Your Thoughts