Sheriff Dana Lawhorne joined his command and training staff at the graduation ceremony which was held at George Mason University. Sheriff Lawhorne congratulated Deputy James Biddy, Deputy Bryce Gentry, Deputy Steven Hand, Deputy Omar Herring, Deputy Thomas Li, Deputy Nicole Ruggiero, Deputy Jamie Victor, and Deputy Joseph Walker on their graduation.
The program included the keynote address from G. Zachary Terwilliger, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, remarks from the class president, Loudoun Deputy John Paul Griffin, and the presentation of achievement awards. Deputy Walker (at right) received the top award in emergency vehicle operations, an honor he shared with a Leesburg police officer, for having the highest score. Deputy Victor also distinguished himself in emergency vehicle operations and was recognized for finishing third.
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) Undersheriff Tim Gleeson, Chief Deputy Joseph Pankey, Deputy Thomas Li, Deputy Omar Herring, Deputy Joseph Walker, Deputy Bryce Gentry, Deputy Nicole Ruggiero, Deputy Steven Hand, Deputy James Biddy, Deputy Jamie Victor, Chief Deputy Candra Callicott and Sheriff Dana Lawhorne.