Sheriff Dana Lawhorne joined his command and training staff at the graduation ceremony which was held at George Mason University on December 16. Sheriff Lawhorne congratulated Deputy James Barr, Deputy Carlos Cañas, Deputy DeVon Carney, Deputy Navninder Chib, Deputy Stephen Ferrigno, Deputy Ricky Gonzalez, Deputy Jonnetta Haines, Deputy Breaunda Hatfield, Deputy Ismael Interiano, Deputy Taylor James and Deputy Ayesha Waller on their graduation.
Deputy Cañas (right) was named president of the class and addressed his fellow graduates during the program. In his remarks, he acknowledged that the law enforcement profession is highly scrutinized but that those in the class joined because they answered a calling that demands “bravery, honor, integrity and respect.” He encouraged them to bring honor to their agencies and their profession.
Deputy Hatfield was also recognized during the ceremony for her academic performance, earning the third highest score in deputy school.
Since graduation, the deputies have continued training and will need to complete several weeks of field training in the community, courthouse and detention center.
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) Sheriff Dana Lawhorne congratulates Deputy Carlos Cañas, Deputy Taylor James, Deputy Stephen Ferrigno, Deputy Ayesha Waller, Deputy Ismael Interiano, Deputy Jonnetta Haines, Deputy Ricky Gonzalez, Deputy Navninder Chib, Deputy James Barr, Deputy Breaunda Hatfield and Deputy DeVon Carney.