GALVESTON, TX – Jan. 3, 2019 – After weeks of training, six cadets will graduate the police academy on Friday, January 4 in an afternoon ceremony at the police station.
During the last six weeks, the cadets have completed more than 300 hours of training. The cadets were classroom trained in Policy and Procedure, Use of Force, Criminal Investigations, Community Outreach, and Family and Juvenile Crime. Outside the classroom, they trained in police driving, firearm proficiency, self-defense, building searches and traffic stops.
“The island is fortunate to have this in-house training academy to teach these men and women how to be guardians and soldiers for the community,” Chief Vernon Hale said.
Galveston has long offered the in-house training program. The six cadets graduating Friday are the 79th academy class. The next step for the cadets is the state-mandated police academy, which is offered by Galveston College. This group will be the second class of Galveston Police Department cadets to take the state training at Galveston College – a change ushered in this year. During the state academy, the cadets will earn the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement basic peace officer’s certification.
“Galveston Police Cadets go into the state academy on day one with six weeks of intense training behind them,” City Manager Brian Maxwell said. “This is our commitment to setting them up for future success.”
The day will begin with the Sanderson Run – a tradition started to honor Officer Christopher Sanderson (Badge #435,) who died in March 2017 after a lengthy battle with cancer. The run will begin at 7 a.m. at Kroger, 5730 Seawall. Police officers and the in-house cadets will run to Christopher’s gravesite, where they will complete 435 exercises at sunrise.
The graduation ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at the Galveston Police Department, 601 54th Street. We invite the public to attend the ceremony.
Graduating cadets: Andrew Venotes, Brian Rawls, Mandy Hendrick, Sanjay Soodeen, Dakota Burrows and Elizabeth Dobson.