Victoria College graduated 11 students from its Spring 2018 Law Enforcement Academy.
A chance meeting has led to a career in law enforcement for Kaw Dee.
Dee was not sure what vocation he would pursue after graduating in 2016 from Calhoun High School until he crossed paths with a Calhoun County constable.
“He was really nice to me, so I thought maybe this is what I want to do,” Dee said.
On May 17, Dee was one of 11 graduates of the 92nd Basic Peace Officer Certification Class from Victoria College’s Law Enforcement Academy to be honored at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.
Victoria College President Dr. David Hinds welcomed guests to the ceremony. The Victoria County Sheriff’s Office Color Guard presented the colors, and George Filley III was the keynote speaker for the event. Isaac Kimbrough was the student speaker.
Dee also received the John F. Baylor Award, which is named in honor of the former Victoria Police Department officer and given to the “most outstanding student” as selected by class instructors. Dylan Mohammed was recognized as the class valedictorian.
Other graduates were Sergio Barrera, Jorge Bastida, Coty Garza, Corey Peoples, Calvin Pullin, Marisol Sanchez, Maurice Scarbrough and Cody Thomas.
Dee, 21, was born in a Thailand refugee camp after his family fled war-torn Myanmar. He and his family moved to Port Lavaca when he was 10 years old. Dee recently became a United States citizen.
“I needed it to get into the academy,” Dee said. “It wasn’t that hard. You have to answer a few history questions.”
Dee said VC’s Law Enforcement Academy wasn’t as easy.
“It was a lot harder than I expected,” Dee said. “I didn’t know we were getting tased and pepper-sprayed. I’m not sure which one was worse. I wouldn’t want to get tased or pepper-sprayed.”
Successful completion of the Basic Peace Officer Certification Class allows students to take the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) examination to become a certified peace officer in Texas. All 11 students of the Spring 2018 passed their TCOLE exams.
VC offers two academies a year – one during the fall semester and another during the spring semester. Both academies are held Monday through Friday with classes meeting 8 to 10 hours a day.
For more information on VC’s Law Enforcement Academy, call (361) 572-6449 or email James.Martinez@VictoriaCollege.edu.
Photo caption: Pictured on the first row from left are Victoria College EMS instructor Ricky De La Garza, instructor Angela Martinez, Law Enforcement Academy Director James Martinez and instructor Rick Alvarado; second row, Sergio Barrera, Dylan Mohammed, Kaw Dee and Marisol Sanchez; third row, Isaac Kimbrough, Calvin Pullin and Corey Peoples; and, back row, Cody Thomas, Coty Garza, Jorge Bastida and Maurice Scarbrough.