POTTSTOWN PA – Nine residents of Pottstown, Douglassville, Limerick, Spring City, Collegeville, Harleysville, and Schwenksville were among 36 cadets who graduated Wednesday (Dec. 13, 2017) from the Montgomery County Community College Municipal Police Academy, ready to serve their communities in a variety of law enforcement roles.
The graduation ceremony was held at the College’s Science Center Theater in Blue Bell. Local graduates included:
- Evan Nafziger and Ryan Sloan, both of Pottstown;
- John-Michael Laraio of Douglassville;
- Tyler McGuigan of Limerick;
- Alexis Miller of Spring City;
- Felicia DelliGatti of Collegeville;
- Keith McKay and Matthew Oliver, both of Harleysville; and
- Zachary Wedemeyer of Schwenksville.
“Do good, stop bad, and go home,” class Valedictorian Alexander Pratt told his fellow cadets, echoing the words of Robert Sands, academy instructor and also training coordinator for Abington Township Police Department. “Do good: we must never let go of doing good, and treat everyone with respect and dignity. Stop bad: we are warriors who look evil in the eye and never back down. Go home: we promise to go home to our loved ones every day.”
North Coventry Township Police Chief Robert Schurr was among those congratulating the graduates. Schurr, who has taught at the academy for nearly 18 years, told cadets they were “the calm before the storm, the voice of reason and the authority that makes things better.”
Since 1973, the Police Academy has been the training ground for about 3,500 cadets with a consistent graduation rate of more than 90 percent. The 800-hour curriculum allows successful students to earn up to 15 credit hours toward an associate’s degree in the college’s Criminal Justice Studies program.
Photo by Lou Liguori from Montgomery County Community College