Thirteen Recruits Graduate from Hancock's Law Enforcement Training Academy

Twelve of the 13 recruits already have jobs secured with local law enforcement agencies

Law Enforcement Academy Class #114JUNE 11, 2018--Thirteen recruits saw their hard work and dedication over the last 21 weeks pay off on Friday as they graduated from Allan Hancock College’s Law Enforcement Academy. The college held the graduation ceremony for Class #114 at its state-of-the-art Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc.

Recruits started training at the Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc in January. Nearly 850 hours of training later, each recruit shot more than 35,000 rounds of ammunition, passed 22 quizzes, 14 scenario exams and three comprehensive written exams. Recruits passed tests on CPR, investigative report writing, arrest and control, physical training and emergency vehicle operations. Recruits also received training on the basic patrol rifle, tasers and chemical agents.

“It is an honor to graduate from the academy. The instructors were extremely caring and went above and beyond to make sure we succeeded and received the level of training we need. Allan Hancock College provided a one-of-a-kind facility and academy,” said Amanda Bird, who begins her new career as an officer with the Pismo Beach Police Department next week. “While at the academy, I learned the importance of believing in yourself, endurance and camaraderie with my classmates.”

Recently, the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), the regulatory agency that oversees professional standards of California law enforcement, announced Hancock ranked first out of the 43 basic training academies in the state when it came to academics.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson delivered the keynote address. The Hancock academy graduate congratulated graduates and described five traits of great leaders: having a vision; selflessness; putting aside ones ego; courage to do the right thing; and emotional intelligence.

“People may think the number of badges and stars on your uniform make you a leader. That couldn’t be farther from the truth,” said Parkinson. “As soon as you put on your uniform, you’re a leader. The first time you get into your patrol car, you’re a leader. The first time you respond to a call to assist a family in need, you’re a leader.”

Twelve of the 13 recruits, including Bird, already have jobs secured with law enforcement agencies. Five recruits will join the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. Three were sponsored through the academy by the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office. The Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara Airport police departments hired one recruit apiece. One recruit is in the middle of the background and interview process.  

Class #114 featured 10 men and three women; seven recruits with bachelor’s degrees; one recruit with a master’s degree; and two veterans of the United States Marine Corps.

The oldest recruit was 35 years young, while the youngest was 21 years of age. Three of the recruits, including Bird, worked as either paramedics or emergency medical technicians prior to the academy, while two others previously worked in custody.

“I spent 10 years building up to this moment as a probation officer and custody officer in San Luis Obispo County,” said Bird. “I am honored and proud to continue serving my community as a law enforcement officer.”

In addition to the written and skills tests, recruits underwent hours of physical training. As a class, recruits completed 3,210 sit-ups, 715 pull-ups, 3,242 push-ups, and ran 800 miles.

Timothy Ramirez, who was sponsored by the Arroyo Grande Police Department, was named class valedictorian. He also won the Leo Ortega Memorial Award as the most inspirational recruit and the scenario award.

The following awards were also announced: Leadership Award – Joshua Elizalde; Leigh Horn Memorial Award (Most improved) – Chelsea Stevenson; Doug Odom Firearms Award – Austin Swank; and Physical Fitness Award – Joshua Elizalde.

Class #114 includes the following recruits:

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office (5): Joshua Elizalde, Kody Kiesow, Zachary Morphy, Jessika Rios, Austin Swank

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office (3): Alexander Hascall, Clifford Pacas, Chelsea Stevenson

Arroyo Grande Police Department (1): Timothy Ramirez

Atascadero Police (1): Mark Nobriga

Independent (1): Hayden Warner

Pismo Beach Police (1): Amanda Bird

Santa Barbara Airport Police (1): Mark Knight      

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Class #114 of Allan Hancock College’s Law Enforcement Training Academy marches into the graduation ceremony. Twelve of the 13 recruits already secured jobs with law enforcement agencies on the Central Coast.

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Last Modified Jul 10, 2018