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October 18, 2013

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Graduates of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department COTA Class 13–01 with Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins (center).

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department recently graduated 43 officers during a ceremony held at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in South Boston. The graduation ceremony included six Norfolk County Sheriff’s Department officers who completed the 12–week training academy alongside their counterparts from Suffolk County.

“Forty–three of you walked in here as candidates, and forty–three of you will leave as sworn officers,” said Suffolk County Sheriff Department’s Assistant Deputy Superintendent and Supervisor of Training Jose Mojica. “Congratulations. You’ve earned it.”

After first having the graduating officers salute their friends and families, Sheriff Tompkins spoke directly to the crowd of smiling faces to thank them for their support.

“The reason I wanted them to salute you, the families and friends that have been in the trenches with them for the past twelve weeks, is because this has been a very arduous twelve weeks and they would not have worked so efficiently if they did not know that they had loved ones who cared about them,” said Sheriff Tompkins. “I really do appreciate you being here and allowing your loved ones to come and work for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.”

To serve as an officer in the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, candidates must successfully complete a twelve–week training academy that requires intensive instruction in a host of practical and classroom subjects that include: ethics and professionalism, suicide prevention, use of force continuum, firearm safety and handling, inmate education and programming, contraband control, courtroom testimony, CORI and inmate rights and responsibilities, fire safety, CPR, sexual harassment, cross–gender supervision and report writing.

Sheriff Tompkins expressed his own connection to the graduating class, stating, “I cannot emphasize to all of you how extremely proud I am of you. I came to be Sheriff about eight months ago, so you are my first class. As we go through the next decade or so, you and I will walk shoulder to shoulder and we will do the business of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.  I will support you, you will support the command staff and we will keep the citizens of Suffolk County – all 730,000 of them – safe. That is our mandate. I applaud you, I admire you, I respect you, and I’m expecting a whole lot from you. Don’t let me down.”

Prior to the presentation of certificates, Class President Martinez McNeil addressed his fellow officers about the significance of team work.

“Some days it felt like you were at your body’s absolute limit,” said Officer McNeil. “Then, you remember that you have 42 other classmates feeling the same burn as you, experiencing the same pain as you. Thinking back, many of the tasks that were placed before us as individuals would have been impossible, but as the saying goes, there’s strength in numbers.”

As with every graduating class, awards are presented to members who have surpassed the requirements and expectations that were presented to them during their time in the academy.

Award recipients for COTA Class 13–01 were: Ashley Faiella, who won both the Academic Excellence award and the Defensive Tactical Training award; Brandon Cali, who was presented with the award for Physical Training; winning the award for Top Gun was Caitlyn Cerundolo; receiving the Unit Citation award was Zachary Keenan from Norfolk County; and taking home the Drill Instructor’s award was Megan Green.

Members of COTA Class 13–01 also included George Allard, Christine Aruda, Arthur Bacon, John Beauchemin, Brittney Carroll, James Casali, Lorenzo Clark, Keith Conroy, Kerline Desir, Gerardo Dominguez, Alyson Garnett, Eric Giordana, Steven Golbranson, Ryan Hergt, Christian Howell, Ryan Howell, William Konick, Michael Leone, Alfonso Manzueta, Martinez McNeal, William Mullen, Joshua Peavey, Niko Retzos, Jaime Robles, Jeffrey Rodrigues, David Rodriguez, Courtney Sawyer, Michael Stanley, Robert Stevens, Justin Vass, Daniel Wilkins and William Wong.

All of the 37 new Suffolk County officers are now serving at the Nashua Street Jail.

The other five Norfolk County officers are: Stephen Burke, Justin Kiley, Patrick Cotter, Daniel Reggiannini, and Derek Smith.


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