Three Carson Valley residents graduate Peace Officer Academy |

Three Carson Valley residents graduate Peace Officer Academy

Staff Reports
Tuesday's graduating class at Western Nevada College's Peace Officer Academy.
Western Nevada College photo |

Three Carson Valley residents were among the 19 graduates of the Western Nevada College Peace Officer Academy on Tuesday.

Gardnerville resident Savannah Dawn Cecilia Gray is already employed as a Storey County Sheriff’s Office Reserve. Minden resident Christopher Michael Lotz is a Carson City Sheriff’s Office Reserve. Lotz received individual honors for marksmanship. Also graduating on Wednesday was Joshua Mahlon Teter, according to spokesman Steve Yingling.

Cadets represented seven communities across Northern Nevada.

They completed a 30-credit program that includes 756 hours of Category I training, according to Academy Coordinator Katie Durbin. In addition to the academic requirements, cadets must pass a series of fitness and agility tests, including a vertical jump of at least 16 inches, 32 sit-ups in one minute, 30 push-ups in one minute, a 30-meter run in 65 seconds or better, a 1.5 mile run-walk in 15:30 or better, and the Illinois Agility Run.

Western Nevada’s academy is an accelerated program that allows students to continue working while they attend the academy, which meets on evenings and weekends.

College criminal justice professor Richard Finn welcomed graduates and academy instructor Joe Sanford offered the keynote address.

Graduating on Tuesday were:

■ Carson City residents Christopher John Ballesteros, Ian Eric Carl, Elan Reese Flores, Kyle Christopher Powell, Shane Everett Roberts, Wade Nicholas Wolford

■ Fallon resident Sam David Ugalde

■ Reno residents Brian Kirk Green, Mitchell Shane Hammond, Jesus Lopez-Torres

■ Sparks residents Jordan Montgomery Chmelovsky, Christian Daniel Deriso, Michel Scott Hall, Jesus Marquez Ramos, Jessica Erin Zamora

■ Washoe Valley resident Erik Bartel Wilhelm