Alexandria Celebrates New Graduates from Criminal Justice Academy

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Eight new Alexandria law enforcement officers – three deputy sheriffs and five police officers – graduated from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy on June 14. Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, Police Chief Michael Brown, and members of their command and training staffs attended Session 144’s graduation ceremony at the Schlesinger Center at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Photo: (l-r) Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, Deputy Patrick Ruleman, Deputy Daniel Mendez, Deputy Mark Gonzalez, Officer Stephen Weidman, Officer William Wiegand, Officer Yadiel Nuñez, Officer Raymonte Washington, Officer Richard Glem Haynes and Chief Michael Brown. (Photo Courtesy of Northern Virginia Community College.)

The new law enforcement officers successfully completed 20 weeks of training, including emergency vehicle operations, firearms training, defensive and control tactics, crash investigation, basic legal training, and other important areas.

Some Alexandria members of this class distinguished themselves, with Officer Stephen Weidman earning top honors in the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course and Officer Yadiel Nuñez having the second highest score in Firearms.

The Academy serves 17 participating law enforcement agencies: the Alexandria Police Department, Alexandria Sheriff’s Office, Arlington County Police Department, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office, City of Fairfax Police Department, City of Falls Church Police Department, City of Falls Church Sheriff’s Office, George Mason University Police Department, Leesburg Police Department, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Manassas City Police Department, Manassas Park City Police Department, Middleburg Police Department, Northern Virginia Community College Police, Purcellville Police Department, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Police and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police.

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