After completing a rigorous 20-week training program at the Westchester County Police Academy, graduates from the 134th basic recruiting class celebrated their graduation Friday morning on the SUNY Purchase campus.
The 54 graduates will join law enforcement agencies from throughout the region, including Anthony Conte, Augusto Corvino and Patrick Verbero, who will be officers in the Harrison Police Department.
Graduates faced a challenging course load that included physical, mental and procedural training, which class spokesperson Maria Pacino of the Mt. Vernon Police Department said brought the recruits closer together. Pacino also thanked the men and women that worked with the group since training began in July.
"We were very lucky to have a group of men so dedicated, passionate and committed to what this profession is all about," said Pacino. "Even though we were just recruits, these men were there every step of the way with us."
Local officials including Commissioner George Longworth, commissioner of the Westchester County Police Department, Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino and Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore greeted the graduates on stage.
Class award winners included David Alfano, Town of Lewisboro Police, who received the best all-around recruit award.
Other award winners included:
- Peter Schmidt, Town of Greenburgh Police: Firearms Award
- Brandon Lavista, Village of Lynbrook Police: Physical Fitness Award
- Anthony Conte, Harrison Police: Espirit De Corps Award
- Paul Miceli, City of Glen Cove Police: Highest Academic Average Award