Sixty police recruits graduated Friday, May 25 from the Westchester County Police Academy and have landed coveted law enforcement jobs at 16 police departments in Westchester and one in New York City.
The new officers, who completed 20 weeks of training at the police academy in Valhalla, received their diplomas during a ceremony at Purchase College of the State University of New York.
County Executive George Latimer addressed the graduates of the 145th Session Basic Police Recruit Class, and praised them for mastering the physical and academic demands of the Academy.
Latimer said: “I want to congratulate all the graduates, and their family members and loved ones who are present. Police work is a challenging profession, and I want to urge these officers to never lose sight of the ideals that brought them here- the desire to be a protector and serve their community with fairness, compassion and integrity.”
Acting Commissioner Martin J. McGlynn said the recruit school curriculum is constantly updated to reflect the challenges police officers face in today’s world, noting that training in counter-terrorism, active shooter incidents and crisis intervention has been expanded at the police academy. The members of the graduating class, he said, mastered it all.
“From their first days at the Academy to their final weeks, the members of the 145th Session maintained a high standard of excellence throughout – in the classroom, on the drill floor, at the range and in every challenge we threw their way. I salute them for the dedication they showed to their training and I welcome them to the Westchester law enforcement family," McGlynn said.
McGlynn noted that the graduates were entering law enforcement in a deadly year for police officers nationwide.
“So far in 2018, 58 officers nationwide have lost their lives in the line of duty. Twenty-eight were killed by gunfire, which is a 47% increase when compared to the same period a year ago,” McGlynn said.
The new officers and their departments are:
Bedford: Jason Doelz, Nicholas Hansen, Christopher Olson
Eastchester: Matthew Stupple
Harrison: Joseph Ader, Frank Corvino, Richard DiBuono
Mamaroneck Town: McCabe Glass
Mount Vernon: Steven Alcantara, Dante Barrera, Conrado Builes-Ramirez, Leslie Chapman, Nicholas DiDomizio, Sarah Hughes, Christopher Iannelli, Louis Magnotta, Aura Marshall, Francis Pompilio, Alberto Ramos, Marco Ranallo, Nicholas Scimia, Jason Velez
North Castle: Nicola Ciero, Jeanna Marie Saccoccio
Peekskill: Matthew Rivera
Port Chester: Jason Fox, Moises Ochoa, Joseph Romanello
Rye: William Plimpton
Scarsdale: J amie Crespo, Terrence Doyle, Maxwell Goldberg
Tarrytown: Adam Turcotte, John Garro
Tuckahoe: Bryan Madan
White Plains: Carlton Carter II, Frank Confalone, Arianna Kosky, Jewel Lynch, Rocco Romano, Marc Troiani
Yonkers : Vanessa Antepara, Vanessa Capllonch, Liam Deane, Connor McMullen, Daniel Piparo, Adam Sousa, Rui Sousa
Westchester County Police: Andrew Barbato, Eric Berg, David Byrnes, Kevin McDonald, Christopher Orlando, Raimond Restbergs, Matthew Russell, Michael Scimia, Nicholas Zebrowski
SUNY Downstate Medical Center: Mohamed Kamel
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