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Police Academy at ABAC Announces 261st Session Graduates

TIFTON—Seventeen individuals from the South Georgia area recently received certificates at graduation exercises for the 261st session of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) Regional Police Academy at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. 

Academy Director Marty Smith said the Overall Achievement award for the session went to Brandon E. Walker of Tifton, sponsored by the GPSTC.

First place in Academics was awarded to Johnathan L. Williams of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office.  Williams also served as the president of the 261st session. Dustin C. Icard of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and Jamie N. Quinn of the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office tied for the second place award in Academics.

Icard also received first place in Firearms. Thomas C. Hopkins of the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office was awarded second place in Firearms.

Other graduates included Chad A. Ellis of the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office; Sylvester E. Smith, Jr., of the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office; Christopher L. Goff of Climax, sponsored by the GPSTC; Shwana M. King and Alberto C. Viteri of the Cordele Police Department; Alba M. Luna of the Moultrie Police Department; Paul N. Klein of the Sylvester Police Department; and Kari L. Bennett, Trey K. Gandy, Donald M. Richmond, II, Christopher R. Suarez, and Kristy L. Tabisula of the Valdosta Police Department

The GPSTC Regional Police Academy regularly holds multi-week intensive training sessions designed to acquaint officers with state-of-the-art law enforcement techniques. The Academy operates in cooperation with the School of Human Sciences at ABAC.
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