Niagara Gazette

Local News

December 25, 2013

Niagara Falls graduates seven from police academy

Niagara Gazette — Christmas came a few days early for the Niagara Falls Police Department as it graduated seven members at the recent Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy.

The seven Falls grads make up a third of the 22 men and women who unwrapped hard-earned certificates of completion last week at Niagara University, where the academy held its 56th graduation ceremony.

Completion of the academy marks the culmination of an intensive 22-week training program, featuring a curriculum for police and corrections officers that includes firearm instruction, civilian dispatch training, DWI detection, accident investigation, radar operation, TASER use and fingerprinting as well as seminars on developing topics such as homeland security.

“Like many classes before us, we started as individuals, and ended up a single, cohesive unit,” remarked Class President John Marcyan of the Niagara Falls Police Department. “There were times when we struggled and there were times when we succeeded, but we always did it together.”

In thanking Niagara University for its partnership, Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour noted that it was the first time he’d seen a standing-room-only crowd for the event.

The ceremony’s keynote speaker was Michelle Y. Spahn, resident agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Buffalo Resident Office. A highly decorated officer, Spahn worked alongside Iraqi judges and prosecutors to investigate crimes committed by Saddam Hussein against the Iraqi people in 2005.

She remains the only female who has ever successfully completed the Foreign-Deployed Advisory Support Team Assessment and Indoctrination Course, an eight-week rigorous physical training program led by U.S. Army Special Forces.

During her address, Spahn noted that she fulfills her professional duties according to “C.O.R.E.,” an acronym she said has helped her achieve great success. The components of the acronym are confidence, opportunity, respect and empowerment.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
Poll

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results