Eighteen Recruits Graduate From Hancock's Law Enforcement Training Academy

All 18 recruits have been hired by area law enforcement agencies

LE Graduation #117JUNE 10, 2019--A total of 18 recruits graduated from Allan Hancock College’s Law Enforcement Academy on June 6, marking the end of a rigorous 21-week training program.  

The graduating recruits of class #117 gathered at Hancock’s Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc to celebrate their achievement during a graduation ceremony. Their friends and families watched as the class officially transitioned from recruits to law enforcement officers.

In order to graduate, the recruits were required to successfully pass Hancock’s Basic Law Enforcement Academy. The academy is a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) course consisting of 850 hours of instruction. During the academy, the recruits received training in community policing, search and seizure, firearms, ethics, investigation procedures, patrol techniques, arrest and control, physical training, CPR/First Aid, emergency vehicle operations and other important skills. Each recruit shot more than 35,000 rounds of ammunition, passed 26 written exams and ran more than 800 miles as part of their academy training.

“These recruits have earned every bit of the recognition they are receiving today,” said Hancock Associate Superintendent/Vice President of Academic Affairs Robert Curry, Ph.D.

The graduates of class #117 will put those skills to use in the very near future. All 18 have already been hired by area law enforcement agencies. Those include the Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria police departments, as well as the San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County sheriff’s offices. One recruit was hired by the UC Santa Barbara Police Department.

Allan Hancock College Trustee Dan Hilker delivered the graduation’s keynote address. Hilker, a retired UCSB police officer and a former graduate of Hancock’s Law Enforcement Academy, told the graduates to be ready to hone their skills in the field, and also gave them advice on how to successfully navigate their new careers.

“Ethics above all else,” said Hilker. “Really good police officers are always honest and ethical. That will get you through to retirement.”

Several of the recruits received awards for their achievements in areas such as academics, report writing and firearms. Jared Allegranza was the valedictorian for class #117. Allegranza was hired by the Grover Beach Police Department.

“There are 18 of us here today and we’ve become like a family in the last 21 weeks,” said Allegranza. “We are a very diverse group and we come from all different backgrounds.”

The class #117 academy graduates are Anthony Estrada, Arroyo Grande Police Department; Jared Allegranza, Grover Beach Police Department; Joshua Ruiz, Grover Beach Police Department; Cody Birks, Paso Robles Police Department; Christopher Hart, Paso Robles Police Department; Brett Lowe, Paso Robles Police Department; Brandon Bracy, San Luis Obispo Police Department; Brandon Tyler, San Luis Obispo Police Department; Pedro Arreola, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office; Jessica Garcia-Millar, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office; Patricia Lessette Montalvo, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office; Joshua Pintor, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office; Eric Travis Fultz, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office; Justin Oropeza, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office; Nicholas Piecuch, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office; Janette Reynoso, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office; Destry Valdez, Santa Maria Police Department and Estefany Cortes, UC Santa Barbara Police Department.

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Caption: Eighteen recruits graduated from Allan Hancock College’s Law Enforcement Academy June 6.

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Last Modified Jun 10, 2019