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Montana Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 45 New Officers

At a ceremony this morning in Helena, the Montana Law Enforcement Academy graduated 45 new officers who will serve 24 different agencies across the state. The Montana Law Enforcement Academy is operated by the Montana Department of Justice, providing basic and advanced training for state, county, city and tribal law enforcement officers throughout the state.

“You, as much as anyone in public service in Montana, are responsible for whether Montanans can fully enjoy their lives and their freedoms in this special place,” Attorney General Tim Fox told the graduates. “This is a heavy responsibility, but the rewards and satisfactions for doing your jobs right are enormous. Do your jobs with courage, character, and distinction, and we all will reap the rewards.”

The class elected Joshua French to speak on its behalf during the ceremony. French said, “One of the most important aspects of police work and life in general is to maintain your personal and professional integrity. Do not underestimate the importance of integrity in the completion of your professional and personal duties, because it will have ever-lasting effects on your life and career.”

Several of the graduates received awards for their performance during training:

Joshua French received the Don Williams Award, which is given to the officer elected by the class as Class Representative. The award is given in memory of Thompson Falls Police Chief Don Williams, who was killed in the line of duty in 1974.

Kristy Kees received the Health and Physical Fitness Award, which is given to the officer in each class who participates and excels in the Hard Rock Challenge and achieves the class’s best score in the Montana Physical Abilities Test.

Colleen Timmins received the Paul Williams Award, which is given to the officer in each class who has provided great inspiration to the staff and student through a display of unwavering dedication and determination. The award is given in memory of the late Chouteau County Sheriff Paul Williams.

Jeffrey Stovall received the Jack Wiseman Award, which is given to the officer in each class who is selected by his peers as the most outstanding officer. The officers of each class select the recipient by pondering two questions: 1) if you were a law enforcement agency administrator, who would you most want to hire? 2) if it were 2am and things were going bad quickly, who would you most want to know was coming to help you? The award is given in tribute to Jack Wiseman, who served as a training officer and commander at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy for more than 22 years.

Marvin Weber received the Joe May Award, which is given to the office in each class who displays exceptional leadership and an incredible sense of motivation. The award is given in honor of the late Joe May, one of the people credited with the conception and creation of the Montana Law Enforcement Academy.

Ryan Janes received the Glenn Janes Award, which is given to the student in each class who demonstrates the highest level of proficiency in the Police Vehicle Operation Course. The award is given in memory of Ryan’s father, the late Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Glenn Janes, who served as a driving instructor at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy.

Christopher Hogan received the Jimmy Kaaro award, which is given to the officer who achieves the highest level of academic standing in each class. The award is given in honor of retired Fergus County Sheriff Jimmy Kaaro.

Chad Anderberg received the Josh Rutherford Award, which is given to the officer in each class who achieves the highest scores in defensive tactics. The award is given in memory of Blaine County Deputy Sheriff Josh Rutherford, who was a defensive tactics instructor with the Montana Law Enforcement Academy when he lost his life in the line of duty in 2003.

Jeffrey Stovall also received the Alex Mavity Award, which is given to the student from each class who achieves the highest accumulated score on all academic and skills-based training. The award is given in honor of Billings Police Department Detective Alex Mavity, who was killed in the line of duty in 1989.

Matthew Reynolds received the Hal Vogelsang Award, which is given to the officer in each class who displays the highest degree of fidelity as determined by the academy staff. The recipient has demonstrated exceptional qualities of honor, pride, integrity, duty, loyalty, and service to not only the class but the staff and entire profession. The award is given in honor of Hal Vogelsang, who served as an FBI special agent for more than 36 years and as a training officer at the Montana Law Enforcement Academy for more than 25 years.

Marvin Weber also received the Allen Kimery Award, which is given in recognition of outstanding marksmanship and the class’s highest ranking in firearms training through marksmanship, safety, and tactical proficiency. The award is given in memory of Missoula County Sheriff Deputy Allen Kimery, who was killed in the line of duty in 1984.

Roster of Class #153:

Waldie, Kevin Bert Mooney Airport Authority
Knaff, Lucas Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office
Adams, Jeremiah Billings Police Department
Hogan, Christopher Billings Police Department
Stovall, Jeffrey Billings Police Department
Riehl, Kevin Boulder Police Department
Porter, Cody Bozeman Police Department
O’Leary, Caleb Cascade County Sheriff’s Office
Everett, James Cut Bank Police Department
Tri, Jacob Daniels County Sheriff’s Office
Taylor, Erin Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office
Strandbakke, Cody Glacier County Sheriff’s Office
Schmitt, Christopher Glendive Police Department
Brinton, Eric Kalispell Police Department
Bruce, Micheal Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office
Haegele, Michael Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office
Weber, Marvin Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office
Hyslop, John Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
Slingsby, Bryan Meagher County Sheriff’s Office
Beaty, Andrew Missoula County Sheriff’s Office
Loya, Shaun Missoula Police Department
Volinkaty, Jenna Missoula Police Department
Adams, Seth Montana Highway Patrol
Chase, Trever Montana Highway Patrol
French, Joshua Montana Highway Patrol
Janes, Ryan Montana Highway Patrol
Johnson, Lewis Montana Highway Patrol
Kecskes, Benjamin Montana Highway Patrol
Kees, Kristy Montana Highway Patrol
Manz, Thomas Montana Highway Patrol
Morris, David Montana Highway Patrol
Nanna, Joshua Montana Highway Patrol
Schuler, Derek Montana Highway Patrol
Timmins, Colleen Montana Highway Patrol
Webber, Kathleen Montana Highway Patrol
Williams, Alicia Montana Highway Patrol
Williams, Michael Montana Highway Patrol
Tatafu, Levi Phillips County Sheriff’s Office
Clabaugh, Mike Pre-Service
Cruickshank, Ty Pre-Service
Reynolds, Matthew Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office
Beckett, Jace Rosebud County Sheriff’s Office
Phillips, April Sanders County Sheriff’s Office
Anderberg, Chad Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office
Mason, Kelly Stevensville Police Department