Lake Charles –
According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 129th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 30 officers representing 13 agencies in the five-parish area. Twenty-seven officers completed 519 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement. Three officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses. These law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.
Hunter Keehnen, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 129th Basic Academy.
The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Zachary Robinson, Merryville Police Department.
Firearms awards were presented to:
Landon Turano, first; Lake Charles Police Department
Lance Turano, second; Lake Charles Police Department
Jace Dufresne, third; Sulphur Police Department
Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Garrett Ellison, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Physical Training was presented to Joon-Young Hong, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Officers graduating after completing 519 hours of instruction are as follows:
Cole Roberts– Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office
Chad Belaire, John Chaisson, Dylan Day, River Duhon, Garrett Ellison, Seth Fusilier, Danika Guillory, Joon-Young Hong, Ryan Jones, Hunter Keehnen, Shirley Mulligan - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Gavin Faulk– Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department
Kaitlan Cormier, Joseph Young – Jennings Police Department
Lucretia “Marie” Manuel – Kinder Police Department
Jalen Melbert – Lake Arthur Police Department
JD Hunt, Lance Turano, Landon Turano – Lake Charles Police Department
Zachary Robinson – Merryville Police Department
Winston Lambright – Oakdale Police Department
Jace Dufresne, Chase McConnell, Benjamin Morgan – Sulphur Police Department
Jimmy Cain – Ward 4 Marshal’s Office
Austin Mouton – Welsh Police Department
Joshua Anders, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Jeremy LeBlanc and Christopher O’Brien, Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher 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.