Lake Charles –
According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 119th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 44 officers representing 15 agencies in the five-parish area. These officers completed 510 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement. All 44 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.
Courtney Bertin, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 119th Basic Academy.
The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Christopher Austin, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Firearms awards were presented to:
Sam Clouse, first; Lake Charles City Police Department
Courtney Bertin, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Dakota Baccigalopi, third; Lake Charles City Police Department
Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Brandon Fontenot, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Officers graduating after completing 510 hours of instruction are as follows:
Samuel Bailey, Jr., Courtney Spikes – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office
Christopher Austin, Bryce Badon, Minnie Bergeron, Courtney Bertin, Joshua Bertrand, Myra Brown, Kristin Clark, Crystal Duhon, Brandon Fontenot, Bradley Grant, Cornell Guidry, Maria Del Carmen Hebert, Robert Henriksen, Xavier King, Remy Miller, Carly Perkins, Devon Pesson, Crystal Stains, Hunter Stidham, Joshua VanAernam, Ethan Walls - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Demarcus Leonard, Joshua Welch– Coushatta Police Department
Saul Fajardo, William Reid – DeRidder Police Department
Lisa Leonard – Elton Police Department
Etienne Boone – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office
Dakota Baccigalopi, Sam Clouse, Julia Courville, Phillip Gardiner, Emberly LeDoux – Lake Charles Police Department
Jennifer Jarrell-Bell – McNeese Police Department
Michelle Campbell – Merryville Police Department
Joycelyn Jackson, Lorrie Johnson, Jerron Willis – Oakdale Police Department
Desmond Cole – Rayne Police Department
Kevin Doise – Reeves Police Department
Adam Hyatt – Office of State Fire Marshal
Ben Richard – Sulphur Police Department
Garrett Trahan – Vinton 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.