Sheriff Dana Lawhorne joined his command and training staff at the graduation ceremony for Session 137 which was held on Tuesday, December 19 at George Mason University. Sheriff Lawhorne congratulated Deputy Kelly Allen, Deputy Joshua Barnes, Deputy Lamar Gayle and Deputy Sean Scalsky on their graduation.
Deputy Gayle served in the Session 137 Combined Honor Guard which presented the colors at the beginning of the graduation ceremony. Richard W. Myers, Executive Director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and former Newport News Police Chief, delivered the keynote speech, and David Vice, Executive Director of the Academy, also addressed the graduates.
Several graduates received their certificates from a family member in law enforcement, including Deputy Barnes who received his from his mother, ASO Deputy LaTonya Covington, and his brother, Officer Mikal Barnes of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. After the ceremony, family, friends and colleagues congratulated the deputies and their classmates.
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.
Photo: (l-r) Deputy Sean Scalsky, Deputy Lamar Gayle, Deputy Kelly Allen, Deputy Joshua Barnes and Sheriff Dana Lawhorne