SHERIFF GARRISON TO PRESIDE OVER RESERVE CADET GRADUATION

SHERIFF GARRISON TO PRESIDE OVER RESERVE CADET GRADUATION

The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department will conduct a graduation ceremony at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 5, for its newest class of reserve officers. The ceremony will take place in the Doña Ana County Government Center Commission Chambers. The public is encouraged to attend.

The Sheriff’s Reserve Academy began Feb. 2 and continued for four months, with training sessions every other weekend and each Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. In order to graduate, the reserve cadets had to meet the same physical and academic standards as certified law-enforcement officers in New Mexico.

In all, the cadets went through more than 320 hours of classroom instruction, firearms training, firearms certification and intense physical conditioning.

The graduating cadets are Brad Bishop, Jerry Estrada, Jorge Gonzalez, Aldo Magana, Elias Silva and Archie Wyman. Doña Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison and Undersheriff Chuck Franco will preside over the graduation ceremony and the formal presentation of the badges.

“We have been told by the New Mexico Department of Public Safety that our Reserve Academy is one of the finest and toughest in the State of New Mexico,” Garrison said. “We’re proud of these cadets and of their accomplishments and commitment to law enforcement in Doña Ana County.”

Reserve officers assist the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department with patrol support, DWI checkpoints, crime-scene investigations and prisoner transport. They routinely back up and assist full-time deputies in their daily duties, and they regularly assist the department with other functions as requested by the Sheriff and his administration.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.