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total of 18 recruits graduated from Allan Han-

cock College’s Law Enforcement Academy on

June 6, marking the end of a rigorous 21-week

training program.

The graduating recruits of class #117 gathered at

Hancock’s Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc

to celebrate their achievement during a graduation cer-

emony. Their friends and families watched as the class

officially transitioned from recruits to law enforcement

officers.

In order to graduate, the recruits were required to

successfully pass Hancock’s Basic Law Enforcement

Academy. The academy is a California Peace Officer

Standards and Training (POST) course consisting of

850 hours of instruction. During the academy, the re-

cruits received training in community policing, search

and seizure, firearms, ethics, investigation procedures, patrol techniques, arrest and control, physical training, CPR/First

Aid, emergency vehicle operations and other important skills. Each recruit shot more than 35,000 rounds of ammunition,

passed 26 written exams and ran more than 800 miles as part of their academy training. “These recruits have earned every

bit of the recognition they are receiving today,” said Hancock Associate Superintendent/Vice President of Academic Af-

fairs Robert Curry, Ph.D.

The graduates of class #117 will put those skills to use in the very near future. All 18 have already been hired by area

law enforcement agencies. Those include the Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Santa

Maria police departments, as well as the San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County sheriff’s offices. One recruit

was hired by the UC Santa Barbara Police Department.

Allan Hancock College Trustee Dan Hilker delivered the graduation’s keynote address. Hilker, a retired UCSB police

officer and a former graduate of Hancock’s Law Enforcement Academy, told the graduates to be ready to hone their skills

in the field, and also gave them advice on how to successfully navigate their new careers. “Ethics above all else,” said

Hilker. “Really good police officers are always honest and ethical. That will get you through to retirement.”

Several of the recruits received awards for their achievements in areas such as academics, report writing and firearms.

Jared Allegranza was the valedictorian for class #117. Allegranza was hired by the Grover Beach Police Department.

“There are 18 of us here today and we’ve become like a family in the last 21 weeks,” said Allegranza. “We are a very

diverse group and we come from all different backgrounds.”

The class #117 academy graduates are Anthony Estrada, Arroyo Grande Police Department; Jared Allegranza, Grover

Beach Police Department; Joshua Ruiz, Grover Beach Police Department; Cody Birks, Paso Robles Police Department;

Christopher Hart, Paso Robles Police Department; Brett Lowe, Paso Robles Police Department; Brandon Bracy, San Luis

Obispo Police Department; Brandon Tyler, San Luis Obispo Police Department; Pedro Arreola, San Luis Obispo County

Sheriff’s Office; Jessica Garcia-Millar, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office; Patricia Lessette Montalvo, San Luis

Obispo County Sheriff’s Office; Joshua Pintor, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office; Eric Travis Fultz, Santa Barbara

EIGHTEEN RECRUITS GRADUATE FROM HANCOCK’S

LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY

County Sheriff’s Office; Justin Oropeza, Santa Barbara

County Sheriff’s Office; Nicholas Piecuch, Santa Barbara

County Sheriff’s Office; Janette Reynoso, Santa Barbara

County Sheriff’s Office; Destry Valdez, Santa Maria Police

Department and Estefany Cortes, UC Santa Barbara Police

Department.

Vandenberg Launches

by Brian Sandoval, Staff

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Radarsat Constellation Mission

for the Canadian Space Agency. It consisted of three radar Earth ob-

servation spacecraft on a single rocket. The Radarsat Constellation of

satellites supports weather maritime surveillance, disaster management, and

ecosystem monitoring for the Canadian government and international users.

The Falcon 9 launched June 11 at 7:17 AM from Space Launch Complex 4,

Vandenberg AFB. Heavy morning fog at the press site and launch pad obscured

view of the rocket. The next launch following the Radarsat mission is SAO-

COM-1B for CONAE, Argentina’s space agency, and is currently slated for

early 2020. Sources: Brian Sandoval (@brianksphotos), Staff. SpaceflightNow