A graduation ceremony for the 116th class in Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy history was held February 4, 2011 in the Minnie Gillette Auditorium at Erie Community College’s City Campus, 121 Ellicott St., Buffalo, NY.
The graduating class includes 37 members; 21 sworn officers represent nine agencies from throughout Western New York, including four officers from the Town of Cheektowaga Police Department; four officers from the University at Buffalo Police Department; three officers from the Town of Amherst Police Department; three officers from the Town of West Seneca Police Department; two officers from the Buffalo State College Police Department; one officer from the City of Tonawanda Police Department; one officer from the Town of Hamburg Police Department; one officer from the Village of Cattaraugus Police Department and one officer from the Village of Holley Police Department. In addition, ECC will have its first graduate in the newly-established New York State Campus Public Safety Officer program.
The class also included 16 Pre-Employment Police Academy graduates, who attended 17 weeks of the 20-week program.
Speakers at graduation included: ECC President Jack Quinn, Erie County Executive Chris Collins, Erie County Central Police Services Commissioner Peter Vito, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard, Chair of the Erie County Chiefs of Police Association and Town of Tonawanda Police Chief Anthony Palombo and Erie County Surrogate Court Judge Barbara Howe.
Erie Community College meets the needs of a diverse student body and contributes to regional economic vitality by providing excellent, flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in a multi-campus environment committed to continuous improvement.