The Central Texas College (CTC) Police Academy held a graduation ceremony on Friday to recognize 24 cadets who completed the daytime Extended Basic Peace Officer course (BPOC 2018-Charlie). Upon successfully passing the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement state licensing exam with an overall class average of 87.5 percent, all cadets are now eligible to become peace officers in Texas.

During the ceremony, several awards were presented. Earning the Academic Honors award was Nick Onesto of the Georgetown Police Department with a 98.6 average. The overall class average for the entire course was 93.80. Receiving the Chuck Dinwiddie “Top Gun” award for best firearms proficiency was Tyler Fry of the Harker Heights Police Department. Fry was also chosen class president by his peers. Randy Rodak of the Temple Fire Department was named the “Top Gear” award winner for best driving performance. The Best Instructor award, as voted on by the cadets, was presented to Sergeant Steven O’Neal of the Copperas Cove Police Department.

Graduates of the CTC Police Academy BPOC 2018-Charlie class were Wayne Burris and Randolph Yoak of the Copperas Cove Police Department; Sarah Arendas, Tyler Hurley, Nick Onesto and Colby Rodgers of the Georgetown Police Department; and Andrew Kramer, Brenden Muske, Chance Newby and Carley Quinn of the Temple Police Department.

Also graduating were Christopher Richards and Yolinvus Walker of the Dallas-Fort Worth Police Department; John Hamby and David Johns of the Taylor Police Department; Mario Land and James Seale of the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office; George Drake of the Mills County Sheriff’s Office; and Randy Rodak and Kyle Spivey of the Temple Fire Department.

Other graduates cadets were David Easley, Cedar Park Police Department; Tyler Fry, Harker Heights Police Department; Nicole Hoo, Office of Inspector General-Texas Juvenile Justice Department; Jonathan Mendoza, Milam County Sheriff’s Office; and Garrett Persick, Llano County Sheriff’s Office.

Applications are now available for the next CTC Police Academy day-time Basic Peace Officer Course which starts January 14, 2019. The day academy is initially reserved for agency-sponsored students; however, self-sponsored students have the opportunity to fill any of the remaining slots to fill this class. Interested persons should contact the CTC Police Academy now for availability and registration/application packets.

The evening Extended Basic Peace Officer Academy for non-sponsored students is slated to run March through December 2019 and be conducted Monday through Thursday, 6 – 10 p.m. and every other Saturday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For information on either course, contact CTC at 254-616-3316.