According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 105thBasic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 26 officers representing 8 agencies in the five-parish area. There were 23 officers who completed 360 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement, 2 officers who completed a refresher course of 90 hours of instruction, and 1 officer who completed a transition course of 142 hours. All 26 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.
Kirk Carroll, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 105thBasic Academy.
The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Britny Savant, Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office.
Firearms awards were presented to:
Christopher Dougay, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Adam Wentzel, second, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Brayden Cruze, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Jason Lyons, Lake Charles Police Department.
Officers graduating after completing 360 hours of instruction are as follows:
Matthew Cahoon, Kirk Carroll, Thomas Clophus, Jr., Brayden Cruze, Christopher Dougay, Cody Guidry, Travis Killmer, Donald Lindenman, Brian Lopez-Oritz, Christopher Rabb, Adam Wentzel - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Thomas Stapp - Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office
Salvador Naranjo, Stephen Smith - Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office
Victor Rodrigue – Coushatta Police Department
Brian Batchelor, Britny Savant, Andrew Vernel - Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office
Princeton Jackson, Jason Lyons, Travis Parker - Lake Charles Police Department
Erroll Williams – McNeese Police Department
Eric Tindall – Merryville Police Department
Carl Goodly, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Charles Precht, III, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office graduated after completing 90 hours of refresher courses. Collette Bourgeois, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 142 hours of transition courses.
The Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy is located in Lake Charles and provides accredited training, several law enforcement agencies in the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis. It was established in 1974 and is administered by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.