The 26th class of the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy graduated in ceremonies conducted at Rogers Auditorium on the campus of Foster High School.
Over the past five months, the 27 cadets who successfully completed the academy received more than 700 hours of training in such subject areas as the Texas Penal Code; arrest, search and seizure; the code of criminal procedure; police driving; firearms training; traffic stops and criminal investigation.
Cadet Matthew Dickinson was the president of Class 26, Richard Solberg was class vice president and Angie Brewer was secretary/treasurer. Dickinson delivered a speech during the graduation ceremony, thanking the instructors for their work and encouragement.
Fort Bend SO Captain Mike Patton, academy director, was the emcee of the event.
Members of the class included, Steven Hart, Nicholas Ibanez, Adrian Lopez, Ismael Velarde, Matthew Dickinson, Philip McGuigan, Brandon Moseley, Khourey Hilliard, Ian Haydel, Richard Solberg, Shawn Briere, Eric Guerrero, Johnny Sampson, Daniel Tondera, Cody Parchman, Osvaldo Orozco, Russell Dittrich, Eliseo Flores, Klint Landry, Dottie Zumwalt, Taylor Snell, Gustavo Pelayo, Brittany Moreno, Angie Brewer, Jennifer Landers, Jerrick Jovellanos and Justin Hammers.
For the second year in a row, cadets had a 100 percent pass rate on the first attempt at the state peace officer licensing exam. Additionally, several awards were presented at the ceremony. Daniel Tondera received the “David Braunholtz Top Gun” Award.
Braunholtz was a member of second class of cadets to graduate from the academy. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office deputy died in the line of duty and the award was named in his honor. The award was presented by Bobby Braunholtz, the son of the fallen deputy.
Matthew Dickinson received the academic achievement award and Nicholas Ibanez was named recipient of the physical fitness award.
A special award was presented to Cadet Brandon Moseley, who set a record for running the 1.5-mile requirement in 7 minutes, 35 seconds.
Fort Bend County Sheriff Milton Wright was also on hand to swear in the five cadets who are employees of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.
In addition to Patton, instructors included Lt. Matt Carter, Sgt. Darlene Pyka, Sgt. Mike Lorenz, Sgt. Carlos Castillo and Sgt. Angie Womble. Academy staff members also include Dottie Allen and Cindi Villemaire.