VC Law Enforcement Academy graduates honored at ceremony

Twelve graduates of Victoria College’s Law Enforcement Academy Class #98 were honored at a ceremony on May 26 at VC’s Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.

Twelve Law Enforcement Academy cadets who graduated from Victoria College’s 98th Basic Peace Officer Certification class were honored at a graduation ceremony on May 26 at VC’s Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.

Paul Higdon of Victoria was named class valedictorian. Aaron Baylor of Victoria received the John Baylor Award for Outstanding Achievement. The award is named in honor of the former Victoria Police Department officer and is given to the “most outstanding student” as selected by class instructors. Aaron Baylor is John Baylor’s grandson.

“This award means the world to me,” Aaron Baylor, 21, said with his grandfather standing beside him. “I’ll be lucky to become half the man my grandpa is.”

“I am as proud as I can be of him,” John Baylor said.

Baylor has already been hired by the Victoria Police Department.

“This is a really good academy,” Baylor said. “I feel confident after the training I have received. It was tough, but I think the stress they put on us is good stress. It prepares us for what we are about to face.”

Other graduates were Tyler Heller, Sampson Holt, Jessie Kief, Samantha Partida, Ever Sanchez, Douglas Williams and Henry Ybarra, all of Victoria; Ehklo Htoo of Port Lavaca; Tracy Moore of Gonzales; and Ryan Morales of Kenedy.

All 12 of the graduates passed the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) examination to become a certified peace officer in Texas, and the majority have been employed by a law enforcement agency.

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) 573-3291 or email

Photo caption: Pictured are, front row from left, instructors Herb Tucker, former Victoria County Sheriff’s Office captain; James Martinez, Victoria College Law Enforcement Academy director; and Chris Carter, Victoria County Sheriff’s Office corporal. Graduates pictured are, second row from left, Aaron Baylor, Samantha Partida and Ryan Morales; third row, Ehklo Htoo, Tracy Moore and Paul Higdon; fourth row, Tyler Heller and Douglas Williams; and, back row, Jessie Kief, Ever Sanchez, Sampson Holt and Henry Ybarra.