Sheriff Announces Graduation of Entrance Level Class 23

(Bel Air, Md. – April 21, 2006) — The Harford County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy held commencement exercises Thursday, April 19, 2006 for the recruits of Entrance Level Class 23. The class, comprised of nine Harford County deputies, five Cecil County Sheriff’s Office deputies and two from the Bel Air Police Department, graduated following 28 rigorous weeks of intensive law enforcement and criminal justice training.

Harford County Sheriff R. Thomas Golding and Harford County States Attorney Joseph Cassilly addressed the graduates and their families during the 90 minute graduation program. Both Sheriff Golding and States Attorney Cassilly congratulated the recruits on their successful six month odyssey through the police academy, and reminded them of the enormous responsibilities and integrity required to be a police officer.

As part of their required training and certification, police recruits received extensive firearms training. Deputy Charles Armetta of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office was recognized as the most proficient in firearms qualification with the best overall score of 96 percent. Deputy Edward DiPaola of the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office was chosen as the class valedictorian.

Following recognition of the class valedictorian and class firearms proficiency award, each recruit received their certificate of training and respective badge from Sheriff Golding, Cecil County Sheriff Barry Janney, Chief Leo Matrangola of the Bel Air Police Department and Ray Franklin, Executive Assistant Director of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions.

Finally, the ceremony culminated when each recruit received the oath of office from Diane Burke from the office of the Clerk of the Court for Harford County.

Lt. Joseph Mitzel, Director of Training for the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy extended closing remarks to the graduates. Lt. Mitzel stated, “The journey of your professional life begins with one step. As a class, you have taken that first step towards a challenging and rewarding career in law enforcement.”

Press Release

April 21, 2006