|Posted on: March 06, 2017|
Kyle Athmann of Bird Island, MN, Ryan Austin of Elk Point, SD, Will Bates of Griswold, Romeo (Alex) Chavez of Perry, Andrew Clayton of Estherville, Brian Schreck of Carroll, Kyle Terlouw of Sully and Jami Webster of Spencer have graduated from the regional law enforcement training academy of Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC), Sioux City, Iowa.
Athmann is serving with the Sioux City Department. Austin is serving with the Hartley Police Department. Bates is serving with the Red Oak Police Department. Chavez and Schreck are serving with the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Department. Clayton is serving with the Estherville Police Department. Terlouw is serving with the Jefferson Police Department. Webster is serving with the Sutherland Police Department.
WITCC’s regional law enforcement training academy graduation ceremony was held at WITCC March 3 and was attended by advisory council members and local dignitaries as well as family and friends of the graduating officer. The guest speaker was Brett Stanley, DHA Investigator.
The students are members of the 26th group of police officers to graduate from WITCC’s regional law enforcement training academy. The group enrolled for classes on January 9 in an eight-week training program. In order to graduate, the students had to demonstrate competency in 42 different subjects.
Before the creation of the academy at WITCC, individuals living in the western part of the state who wished to become police officers had to be hired by an Iowa law enforcement agency and then attend a 15-week structured Iowa Law Enforcement Academy training program at Camp Dodge, in Johnston, IA, near Des Moines. The establishment of the academy at WITCC enables area officers to travel daily and obtain their necessary certification in only eight weeks.