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.
- 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.