On February 3rd, 2012, 41 students-comprised of 13 sworn officers and 28 pre-employment candidates-were honored as part of the Erie Community College Law Enforcement Training Academy's 118th Basic Course for Police Officers graduating class, at a ceremony held in the Minnie Gillette Auditorium at the college's historic downtown campus.
The 13 sworn officers represent five agencies from throughout Western New York, including three officers from the Town of Amherst Police Department; one officer from the Town of Lewiston Police Department; one officer from the Town of Niagara Police Department; four officers from the City of Tonawanda Police Department; two officers from the Town of West Seneca Police Department; and one officer from the Village of Depew.
In addition, ECC honored a graduate of the New York State Campus Public Safety Officer program, Anthony Gadley. The college honored their first graduate of this newly established program last year.
Speakers at graduation included ECC President Jack Quinn; Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz; ECC Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Rick Washousky; Erie County Surrogate Court Judge Barbara Howe; Erie County Sheriff's Office Chief Scott Joslyn; and Reverend Monsignor James Campbell of St. Joseph's Cathedral.
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state's SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC's faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.