Montana Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 57 New Officers

At a ceremony this morning in Helena, the Montana Law Enforcement Academy graduated 57 new officers who will serve 26 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.

Attorney General Tim Fox told the graduates, “Thank you for choosing a noble profession, thank you for your dedication to your communities, thank you for the effort you exerted to complete your basic training, and thank you for believing the badge and uniform you wear are worth the sacrifices you have made and will make in the future.”

The class elected Daniel Schuler to speak on its behalf during the ceremony. Schuler said, “It takes a certain kind of person to run to the sounds of chaos. It’s a calling. It’s what we do. But we volunteered to face the uncertainty. To be the rock in the seas of shifting sands.”

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

Daniel Schuler 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.

Clayton Armstrong 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.

Jimmy Hofer 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.

Caleb Tappan 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 2:00 a.m. 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.

Donald McCarthy 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.

Eric McMurray 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.

Nathaniel Boespflug 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.

Nick Lam 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.

Caleb Tappan 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.

Richard Emerson 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.

Daniel Schuler 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 #154:

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Araujo, Chris
Hofer, Jim
McCarthy, Don
Minnis, Billy
Payne, Joe
Picken, Ryan
Rebo, Chris
Smith, Ken
Yost, Christy
Bagnoli, Colton
Emerson, Richard “Bill”
Fife, Shaun
Fusaro, John
Potter, Jesse
Rourke, Travis
Roy, Henry
Tappan, Caleb
Terrill, Tyler
Weber, John Eric
Armstrong, Clayton
Barrett, Michael
Boespflug, Nathaniel
Chenoweth, Adam
Greenfield, Caleb
Lauwers, Adam
Leonhardt, Joshua
Rudolph, Christopher
Scheller, Gerald “Seth”
Shafer, Corey
Brown, Seth
Fredenberg, Jason
Horton, Kalan
Howell, Jason
Johnston, Kirk
Lam, Nick
Lange, Brandon
Pasha, Richard Stanley
Valasquez, Alexander
Carroll, Klayton
Hayes, Stephen
Lindgren, Christopher
Lund, Cody
Martin, Jacob
Peterson, Kara
Schoenfelder, Sean
Schuler, Daniel
Templeton Jr., Timothy
Biggers, Barbara
Draper, Michael
Lamb, Gatlin
Lee, Howard
Mack, Spiro
McDonough, Daniel
McMurray, Eric
Olson, Adam
Salois, Misty
Zellers, Matthew
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Cascade County Sheriff’s Office
Liberty County Sheriff’s Office
Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office
Blaine County Sherriff’s Office
Cascade County Sheriff’s Office
Pre-Service
Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office
Helena Police Department
Toole County Sheriff’s Office
Kalispell Police Department
Flathead County Sheriff’s Office
Missoula County Sheriff’s Office
Kalispell Police Department
Missoula Police Department
Missoula County Sheriff’s Office
Troy Police Department
Flathead County Sheriff’s Office
Missoula County Sheriff’s Office
Missoula Police Department
Motor Carrier Services
Wheatland County Sheriff’s Office
Montana Highway Patrol
Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office
Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office
Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office
Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office
Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office
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Motor Carrier Services
Montana Highway Patrol
Montana Highway Patrol
Motor Carrier Services
Motor Carrier Services
Bozeman Police Department
Billings Police Department
Billings Police Department
Anaconda Police Department
Montana Highway Patrol
Richland County Sheriff’s Office
Sidney Police Department
Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office
Pre-Service
Glendive Police Department
Motor Carrier Services
Glasgow Police Department
Montana Highway Patrol
Montana Highway Patrol
Montana Highway Patrol
Great Falls Police Department
Pre-Service
Blackfeet Law Enforcement
Motor Carrier Services
Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office
Motor Carrier Services
Great Falls Police Department
Blackfeet Law Enforcement
Montana Highway Patrol
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