All the graduates are currently serving as law enforcement officers in Iowa. Carlson is with the Sac City Police Department, Rupp is with the Cherokee Police Department, and Struve is with the Kingsley Police Department.
The graduation ceremony was held at WITCC Oct. 31, and was attended by advisory council members and local dignitaries, as well as family and friends of the graduating officers. The guest speaker was Lt. Marti Reilly of the Sioux City Police Department.
The students are members of the 11th group of police officers to graduate from WITCC's regional law enforcement training academy. The group enrolled for classes on Sept. 8 and completed an eight-week training program. In order to graduate, the students had to demonstrate competency in 40 different subjects.
Before the creation of the academy at WITCC, individuals living in the western part of the state who wished to become police officers had to be hired by an Iowa law enforcement agency and then attend a 13-week structured Iowa Law Enforcement Academy training program at Camp Dodge, in Johnston, near Des Moines. The cost of the training was funded by area taxpayers.
The establishment of the academy at WITCC enables area officers to travel daily to college from home and obtain their necessary certification in only eight weeks.