Lake Charles –
According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 111th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 35 officers representing 12 agencies in the five-parish area. There were 28 officers who completed 320 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement and 7 officer who completed a refresher course of 90 hours of instruction. All 35 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.
Josh Fruge, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 111th Basic Academy.
The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Toree Jones, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Firearms awards were presented to:
Ryan Arnold, first; Sulphur Police Department
Michael Rick, second; Merryville Police Department
Matthew Montgomery, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Josh Fruge, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Officers graduating after completing 320 hours of instruction are as follows:
Bradley Fontenot, Carll Grathwohl, Toree Jones – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office
Zachary Ball, Bobby Benjamin, Corey Duplechin, Justin Duplechin, Josh Fruge, Justin Gary, Dalton Henry, III, Nathaniel Johnson, Katelyn McKee, Matthew Montgomery, Calton Pitre, III, Lance Quebodeaux, Cody Wolfe, Austin Wright - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Lucious Arbour, Joshua Craddock, Chelsie Skero – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office
Kendall Carter – DeQuincy Police Department
Edwardo Mendoza, Taryn Shaw - Jeff Davis Sheriff’s Office
Ethan Landry – Jennings Police Department
Adam Malos – Lake Arthur Police Department
Michael Rick – Merryville Police Department
Larry Amos – Oakdale Police Department
Ryan Arnold – Sulphur Police Department
Officers graduating after completing 90 hours of refresher courses are as follows:
Kevin Sickey – Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office
Malcolm Hebert, Brandon Manuel, Joseph Sourez – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office
Brock Hymel – Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office
Chief Charles Welch – Kinder Police Department
Jr. Trabler – Sulphur Police Department
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.