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June 2020

Officers Graduate from Westchester County Police Academy

Sixty-nine police recruits graduated recently from the Westchester County Police Academy and are headed off to work at 14 law enforcement agencies.

 

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, a scaled-down graduation ceremony was conducted on the drill floor at the Police Academy in Valhalla and was streamed live on the Westchester County Police YouTube channel. The ceremony itself was limited to the recruits and members of the Police Academy staff.

 

Prior to the ceremony, videotaped messages of congratulation from County Executive George Latimer and Chief Christopher McNerney, president of the Westchester County Chiefs of Police Association, were played for the graduates in lieu of in-person speeches.

 

“We know that you have already achieved intellectually, you’ve achieved physically, you’ve proved that you’ve got what it takes to be successful,” Latimer said. “And we’re rooting for your success and we’re very happy that this moment has come. This is a class like no other, with the pandemic around us.”

 

Public Safety Commissioner Thomas A. Gleason, who provided the only in-person remarks, saluted the class for persevering through the challenges posed by the pandemic.

 

“This class came in 69 strong and you go out 69 strong. In the face of this pandemic and these unsettling times, no one bailed out. No one said this is more than I bargained for. No one said I will leave this difficult and dangerous environment to someone else. So, I salute you all for staying the course,” he said.

 

He added, “No one in Westchester law enforcement will have had an Academy experience quite like this one. That’s a badge of honor the 149th Session will always have.”

 

The new local officers and their departments are: Eastchester: Anthony Guerriero, Nicholas Occhicone, Andrew Tiso; New Rochelle: Hanson Bamfo, Deivy Martinez, Phalen Pedro, Kyle Sanchez, Beqir Tagani; Pelham Manor: John Luiso and Scarsdale: Nicholas Saglibene.