The graduation ceremony for the Moberly Area Community College Law Enforcement Training Center (LETC) Class 15-1 was held on May 28, 2015 in the MACC Auditorium.
MACC President Dr. Jeff Lashley welcomed the graduates and attendees to the ceremony and Ron Dulany, MACC LETC Director, introduced distinguished guests. Jane Rabeni, of the Boone County Fire District Pipes and Drums, presented the traditional bagpipe performance. Moberly Police Corporal Bobby Calvert provided the commencement address. Russell Untiedt, class president, also addressed the graduates. Guests were invited to an informal reception immediately following the graduation ceremony.
LETC Class 15-1 graduates included Skyler Lee Arends (Sturgeon), Clinton Barger (Moberly), Allyx Boggs (New Franklin), Jordan Brandt (Vandalia), Andrew Duff (Thompson), Elijah Robb (Brookfield), Zacari Schopp (Moberly), Russell Untiedt (Moberly), and Jeremy Weibel (Centralia).
The graduates receiving class awards were: Defensive Tactics, Skyler Arends; Excellence in Marksmanship: Top Handgun and Overall Shooter, Zacari Schopp; Excellence in Report Writing, Andrew Duff; Excellence in Driving & Teamwork, Allyx Boggs; Excellence in First Responder, Zacari Schopp and Russell Untiedt; and Highest Grade Point Average, Andrew Duff. Allyx Boggs and Jordan Brandt were ranked in the Top 10% of the class.
Other certificates presented were: Class President, Russell Untiedt; Class Secretary, Allyx Boggs; Class Historian, Zacari Schopp; Class Squad Leaders, Skler Arends and Jordan Brandt; Class Equipment Officer, Elijah Robb. Skyler Arends and Andrew Duff both achieved Perfect Attendance.
Randolph Sheriff Mark Nichols and family representatives Doreen Little, Kathrine Acton, and Linda Rena presented Andrew Duff with the Egley/Acton Memorial Scholarship. Jordan Brandt received the LETC Institutional Scholarship. MACC’s LETC prepares graduates for the challenges of maintaining safe communities as Peace Officers through instruction in every aspect of law enforcement, giving graduates a firm base for a successful career in departments around the country.
Approved by the Missouri Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Commission, LETC curriculum exceeds the basic, 600-hour Peace Officer’s training with Classroom and field instruction led by local and state law enforcement officers with decades of career experience. Instructors provide hands-on training in firearm safety, traffic stops and defensive tactics. Graduates learn effective reporting and investigation techniques, as well as departmental administration and offender control and treatment.
The LETC is run as a functioning police department with squad assignments, squad leaders and chain of command. Participants are expected to clock in to an 8-hour working shift, wear uniforms and maintain departmental respect just as their future commanders will demand.
Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for POST certification from the State of Missouri, qualifying them for employment as peace officers in the state. LETC graduates receive a one-year Law Enforcement certificate from MACC and 32 college credit hours that may be applied toward the attainment of an advanced degree.
More details regarding the LETC program may be found at www.macc.edu/LETC or by calling 660-263-4100 x11287.