Galveston College celebrates 7th full-time Law Enforcement Academy graduation ceremony

In a processional led by a traditional police bagpiper, the five graduates of Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy Class 7D filed into the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing Wednesday, Dec. 15, to receive their certifications and to be administered the law enforcement pledge.

Crystal Robinson, director of the Law Enforcement Academy, served as master of ceremonies.

Following the presentation of the colors by the Galveston Police Department Honor Guard and the National Anthem, Robinson introduced Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton, who gave welcoming remarks to family and friends of the graduates. Dr. Shelton commended the work of the program instructors and the cadets and congratulated the graduates as they launched their careers.

Guest speaker Sheriff Henry Trochesset of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office commended the cadets for choosing a career in law enforcement.

“This is not just a job; this is a career,” Sheriff Trochesset shared with the graduates. “If you don’t have the heart to make tough decisions … to do what’s right … it’s going to be tough to wake up in the morning to want to come to work. You have to have the heart to want to do it.”

Graduates included Jovani Herrera, Jackson Krueger, William Osteen, Kyle Post and Ernesto Ramos.

Graduating Cadet Jackson Krueger was named class valedictorian for top academic achievement. The presentation of special awards also included the Top Gun award for the best marksmanship on the firing range to Cadet Kyle Post.

Cadet Class 3D instructors included Barton Stephenson, Galveston College; Lt. Paul Atkins, Texas Department of Public Safety; Director Dan Blackford, College of the Mainland; Officer Brandon Bonhert, Galveston Police Department; Officer Patrick Brosch, Galveston Police Department; Assistant District Attorney Shawn Connally, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; Cpl. J. Creech, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office; Officer Mark Davis, Galveston Police Department; Officer Geoffrey Gainer, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Ashton Gill, Galveston Police Department; Chief Chris Harrison, Galveston Fire Department; Officer Josh Henderson, Galveston Police Department; Lt. Margo Idhe, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office; Sgt. Billy Kilburn, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office; Officer K. Mach, Port of Galveston; Lt. Sean Migues, Galveston Police Department; Det. Geovanny Martinez, Galveston Police Department; Det. Thomas Murdock, Galveston Police Department; Officer James O’Donnell, Galveston Police Department; Officer Leroy Puga, Galveston Police Department; Officer Vincent Ramirez, Port of Galveston; Assistant District Attorney William Reed, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; District Attorney Jack Roady, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; Agent S. Saldivar, Texas ABC; Det. Michelle Sollenberger, Galveston Police Department; and Officer Miguel Zapata, Texas A&M University Police Department.

More than 430 cadets have graduated from Galveston College’s Law Enforcement Academy since it began in 1987. Many of those graduates have gone on to join law enforcement agencies in Galveston County, throughout Texas and the Gulf Coast region.

The law enforcement academy is designed for those who are seeking their Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) basic peace officer certification.

For more information on the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy day and evening programs, contact Crystal Robinson, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Academy program director, at (409) 944-1331 or crobinson@gc.edu.

Above: Galveston College on Dec. 15 celebrated its latest full-time Law Enforcement Academy graduation ceremony. Top photo: Graduates Jovani Herrera, Jackson Krueger, William Osteen, Kyle Post and Ernesto Ramos are pictured with Law Enforcement Academy instructor Bart Stephenson.