Montana Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 49 New Officers

At a ceremony in Helena this morning, the Montana Law Enforcement Academy graduated 49 new officers from 33 different city, county, and state law enforcement agencies around Montana.

“With the oath, badge, and uniform come solemn responsibilities,” Attorney General Tim Fox told the graduates today. “As guardians of public safety, those responsibilities give you a privileged opportunity to help people in need and make a positive difference in their lives. We still live in a world where a great many young children, when asked what they want to be when they grow up, proudly say ‘a police officer.’” They look to you as heroes. In your words and deeds, prove them right.”

During the ceremony, several officers were recognized for special achievements during their time at the academy:

  • Stevensville Police Officer Craig M. Robertson 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.
  • Red Lodge Police Officer Aubrey L. Roe 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.
  • Helena Police Officer Meggin D. Stewart 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.
  • Gallatin County Deputy Sheriff Timothy R. Clark 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.
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Warden Josh M. Leonard 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.
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Warden Josh M. Leonard 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.
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Warden Clay Bott 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.
  • Missoula County Deputy Sheriff Thaison J. Manraksa 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.
  • Missoula County Deputy Sheriff Thaison J. Manraksa 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.
  • Missoula County Deputy Sheriff Thaison J. Manraksa also 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.
  • Mineral County Deputy Sheriff Michael J. O’Brien 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.

Operated by the Montana Department of Justice, the Montana Law Enforcement Academy is the premier law enforcement and public safety educational and training institution for state, county, city and tribal officers throughout the state. The academy offers entry-level (basic) programs and advanced training through an array of professional development programs.

Roster of the Montana Law Enforcement Academy basic officer class 155:

Flammang, Tyrel Billings Police Department
Henrickson, Palmer Billings Police Department
Schultz, Caleb Billings Police Department
Berger, Brian Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement
Conway, Cole Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement
Olsen, Brandt Cascade County Sheriff’s Office
Popelka, Angel Cascade County Sheriff’s Office
Feffer, Kehuanani (Kay) Chouteau County Sheriff’s Office
Williams, Steven Daniels County Sheriff’s Office
Feddes, Justin Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks
Bott, Clay Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks
Leonard, Josh Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks
Clark, Tim Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office
Gifford, KariLyn Glendive Police Department
Hodke, Logan Great Falls Police Department
Larson, Kaleb Great Falls Police Department
Morris, Matt Hamilton Police Department
Creech, Logan Havre Police Department
Olson, Victoria Havre Police Department
Marietti, Annette Helena Police Department
Stewart, Meggin Helena Police Department
Schmidt, Josh Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office
Farrell, Cameron Lewistown Police Department
Buckner, Ronald Libby Police Department
White, Dale Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
Engle, Kevin Livingston Police Department
Tilstra, Mike Madison County Sheriff’s Office
Wilson, Cody Meagher County Sheriff’s Office
O’Brien, Mike Mineral County Sheriff’s Office
Deavers, Paul Missoula County Sheriff’s Office
Manraksa, Thaison Missoula County Sheriff’s Office
Bare, Bryce Missoula Police Department
Stenslie, Luke Missoula Police Department
Peterson, Kristepher MDT Motor Carrier Services
Nienhuis, David MDT Motor Carrier Services
Jones, Jeff MDT Motor Carrier Services
Spudic, Kevin MDT Motor Carrier Services
Wyse, Spencer Musselshell County Sheriff’s Office
Roe, Aubry Lee Red Lodge Police Department
Claridge, Spencer Richland County Sheriff’s Office
Hill, Jon Rosebud County Sheriff’s Office
Wren, Bridger Rosebud County Sheriff’s Office
Harris, Joshua Sidney Police Department
Robertson, Craig Stevensville Police Department
Bielek, Kevin Toole County Sheriff’s Office
Pape, Chris Troy Police Department
Garner, Chase Whitefish Police Department
Korth, Dylan Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office
Sanderlin, David Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office

 

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