Niagara Gazette — “These men and women are about to pledge their oaths, their honors and their careers to make Western New York a better place, and I don’t think it’s ever been more challenging,” Hochul said. “Fortunately, this academy has provided them with the tools to protect and serve us. Now, they will move on to a lifetime of service, always wearing the badge with honor, integrity and impeccable honesty.”
For Smith and Dolan, that service is now underway with field training for the next several weeks. Smith said he’s already seen that life on the streets can be different from the academy campus at Niagara University.
“It’s a lot different from the classroom,” Smith said. “But the skills and training we got in the classroom, we apply on the streets.
Barrancotta reminded his classmates that their academy time has prepared them for what lies ahead.
“At times, we all excelled and, at times, we all struggled,” he said. “But we stuck together through it all. I’m so proud of the way we stayed strong.”FRIDAY'S GRADUATES • Daniel Barrancotta, Lockport Police Dept. • Nicholas Conde, Pre-employment recruit • Joseph A. Corona, Genesee County Sheriff's Office • Felicia Ann DeGroot, Pre-employment recruit • Judith Dolan, Niagara Falls Police Dept. • Ryan J. Dziura, North Tonawanda Police Dept. • Andrew Johnson, Lockport Police Dept. • Chief John Palillo, Attica Police Dept. • Christopher Pino, Niagara County Sheriff's Office • Jason R. Price, Pre-employment recruit • Nicholas M. Redenbach, Pre-employment recruit • Robert Rougeux, Pre-employment recruit • Joel Smith, Niagara Falls Police Dept. • Jeffrey Vorholzer, Pre-employment recruit