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30th ALET Graduation Ceremonies


November 29, 2003
Saturday - 12:30 am

Graduation ceremonies for the 30th ALET (Alaska Law Enforcement Training) class of the Department of Public Safety Training Academy in Sitka were held November 21st in Sitka's Centenial Hall. Thirty-three trainees representing 12 different agencies took the oath to become state certified law enforcement officers. Graduates heard comments from Commissioner William Tandeske, Department of Public Safety; Colonel Julia Grimes, Director of the Alaska State Troopers; and from Lt. Governor Loren Leman who made an unscheduled appearance.

Recruits completed 14 weeks of rigorous physical training and challenging academics to graduate. Recruits with the Alaska State Troopers will continue their training for an additional three weeks; covering information which is specific to the Troopers. They will then be assigned to field training in Fairbanks, Soldotna or Palmer (see list below). In addition to training recruits for the Department of Public Safety the academy also trains municipal police officers from around the state, Village Public Safety Officers, students from the University of Alaska law enforcement program, Civil Air Patrol cadets, State Fire Marshals, Military Security, Airport Police, and others.


Members of the graduating class:

Ryan Hanis Ketchikan PD
Chris Peabody Ketchikan PD
Elias Joven Juneau PD
Jared Meyer Soldotna PD
Alan Nickell Seward PD
Kevin Baker AST/Palmer
Josh Bentz AST/Fairbanks
Shayne Calt AST/Palmer
Jason Carpenter AST /Palmer
Henry Ching AST/Fairbanks
Michael Cresswell AST/Soldotna
Matthew Cunningham AST/Fairbanks
Elizabeth Haddad AST/Soldotna
Marc Hendrickson AST/Palmer
Michael Henry AST/Soldotna
James Kimura AST/Palmer
Preston Kroes AST/Palmer
Arturo Lincon AST/Palmer
Aaron Mobley AST/Fairbanks
James Norton AST/Fairbanks
Gregory Pealatere AST/Palmer
James Wilcox AST/Fairbanks
Michael Zweifel AST/Palmer
Jeffrey Duhrsen AST/Palmer
John Rhyshek AST/Palmer-Big Lake
Steven Belanger DPS/Fire Prevention
Jason Dollarhide Kotzebue PD
Roger Frierson Haines PD
Jose Garcia Soldotna PD
Matthew Putney Kodiak PD
Kevin Richards Sitka PD
Zac Schasteen Unalaska PD
Justin Mitchell USCG/Kodiak


Source of News Release & photo:

Alaska Dept. of Public Safety
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