Village Police Academy graduates honored at ceremony

Rural Law Enforcement Training Class #40 completed their training and graduated last Thursday at Yuut Elitnaurviat in Bethel. Photo by Kelly Lincoln

by Greg Lincoln

The Village Police Academy #40 graduated its class of 10 new officers last Thursday at the completion of the Rural Law Enforcement Training at Yuut Elitnaurviat in Bethel, Alaska. Special guest speakers included Academy Director Michael Dekreon, Lt. Christopher Wigner of the Bethel Police Department, and Sgt. Teague Widmier of the Alaska State Troopers.

“You have the knowledge now to help protect the innocent in your village in your community,” said Dekreon before presenting the graduates their certificates. “You are police officers now. Show leadership in your community in whatever you do.”

Congratulations and we wish you the best in all you do.

Rural Law Enforcement Training Class #40 Graduates

Officer Norman L. Andrew, Tuntutuliak PD

Officer Stewart G. Felix, Napakiak PD

Officer Hillary R. Gregory, Kongiganak PD

Officer Lara L. Martinez, Tanana PD

Officer Alexis H. Moses, Hooper Bay PD

Officer Chris M. Sheppard, Mt. Village PD

Officer Steven P. Uttereyuk, Scammon Bay PD

Officer Steven J. Walker Jr., Scammon Bay PD

Officer Jesse C.W. Wassilie, Tuntutuliak PD

Officer Annthoni G. Wilde, Hooper Bay PD

Police Officers Prayer

Oh Almighty God, whose great power and eternal wisdom embraces the universe. Watch over all policemen and law enforcement officers. Father in Heaven please give them the strength, courage and perseverance to endure the unjust condemnation, danger, and physical abuse to which they are at times subjected. We recommend them to your loving care because their duty is dangerous. Dear God, grant these brave men and women your almighty protection, unite them safely with their families after duty has ended. Amen.