MTC Law Enforcement Academy graduates seven

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(Bradenton, FL—May 21, 2015)  Over 100 people attended the graduation of seven basic recruits from Manatee Technical College’s Florida Law Enforcement Academy on May 20, 2015.  The graduates were Sandy Brenner, Courtney Cruz, Anthony Medina, Mathew Paterno, Austin Reed, Clayton Reese (class leader), and Jennifer Vila.

Class leader Reese earned the Highest Academic Achievement award for the highest grade point average.  Reed earned the Top Gun award.  Medina won the “Dale Earnhardt, Jr.” Best Driver Award.  Reese presented Academy Director Jay Romine with the class plaque.

Chief Scott Tyler of the Palmetto Police Department was the keynote speaker.  He impressed upon the graduates the importance of good decision making, having a strong moral code and always doing the right thing.  Doug Wagner, director of MTC and Adult, Career and Technical Education for the District congratulated the graduates on successfully completing the academy, as it’s one of the most challenging programs to be accepted into.

Successful completion of the Law Enforcement Academy at MTC makes one eligible to take the State Certification Examination for Law Enforcement, the required test to become a Certified Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Florida.

Director Romine acknowledged the students’ family members for their support and the importance of that support throughout a law enforcement officer’s career.  Colonel Rick Wells, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, gave the invocation and benediction.

For more information on the MTC Law Enforcement Academy, please contact Director Romine at

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