The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department will graduate its 14th law-enforcement academy next Friday, March 13, at an invitation-only ceremony in the Doña Ana County Government Center. Doña Ana County Commission Chair Leticia Duarte-Benavidez will be the commencement speaker, and cadet Ken Roberts will give the valedictorian’s address. Third Judicial District Judge Jerald Valentine will administer the oaths of office.
Sheriff Todd Garrison said 10 cadets will receive their law enforcement certifications at the graduation ceremony, which will feature an opening honor guard, the Pledge of Allegiance, an invocation and awards for academic, physical and overall achievement. The 26-week academy includes classroom instruction, firearms training, firearms certification and intense physical conditioning.
Graduating cadets will wear the uniform of the department they intend to serve, and they will be presented their individual badges at the conclusion of the ceremony.
In addition to Roberts, graduates who will join the ranks of the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department include Samantha Alaniz, Johnny Barrientos, Fabian Fernandez, Juan Flores and Javier Gonzalez, all of Las Cruces, and Eric Flores of Mesilla.
Graduates who will join the ranks of the Luna County Sheriff’s Department include Trinidad Garcia and Gabriel Maynez, both of Deming.
In addition, Jeremy Flint of Deming will graduate and join the ranks of the Deming Police Department.
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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801. For media credentials to attend the graduation ceremony, contact Sgt. Henry Cooper at (575) 525-1911.