PHOTOS:On May 26th, the Ocean County Police Academy celebrated the graduation of the 28th and 28th SLEO II classes. Chief Andrew Izatt head of the South Toms River Police Department and President of the Ocean County Chief’s Association served as guest speaker for the event delivering remarks on the importance of police work and encouragement for the new graduates.
Stars of both classes received recognition for achievements such as marksmanship, physical fitness, academic excellence, perfect score and high overall performance.
Approximately twenty-five out of twenty-eight graduates in SLEO II Class 28 were from the Seaside Heights Police Department. In SLEO II Class 29 about a dozen of 30 graduates were from Point Pleasant.
There were no graduates from Lakewood in either class. Chief Lawson of the LPD has expressed on numerous occasions that Lakewood is sorely in need of more young officers to suffciently protect the town. Unfortunately, financial considerations have played a big role in our inability to put this process in motion.
It can be up to a year from the time a new officer enrolls in the academy until he is out on the street. Story/Photos: Lakewood Shopper.