VC Law Enforcement Academy graduates honored at ceremony

Twelve Law Enforcement Academy cadets who graduated from Victoria College’s 104th Basic Peace Officer Certification class were honored at a graduation ceremony on May 23 at VC’s Emerging Technology Complex.

Rachel Miller of Victoria was named class valedictorian, and Miguel Ramos 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.

Other graduates were Carlalizet Moreno, Natividad Moreno, Steven Llacuna, Sara Matula and Joseph Fennell, all of Victoria; George Sierra of Hallettsville; Oscar Montantes of Smiley; Jenny Miller and Derek Slatter of Edna; and LeAnn Leal of Port Lavaca.

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 eight to ten hours a day.

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 Photo Caption: Twelve graduates of Victoria College’s Law Enforcement Academy Class #104 were honored at a ceremony on May 23 at VC’s Emerging Technology Complex. Pictured are, front row from left, instructors Julian Huerta, retired Victoria Police Department (VPD) sergeant; Herb Tucker, retired Victoria County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) captain; Ralph Buentello, VPD lieutenant; James Martinez, VC Law Enforcement Academy Director; Glenn Mutchler, retired Cuero Police Department chief; and Tony Daniel, investigator. Graduates pictured are, second row from left, Carlalizet Moreno, Natividad Moreno, George Sierra, Oscar Montantes, Jenny Miller and LeAnn Leal; and, back row, Sara Matula, Joseph Fennell, Derek Slatter, Miguel Ramos, Steven Llacuna and Rachel Miller.