Luke Selk of Peterson has graduated from the Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy of Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC), in Sioux City.
He serves with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department and is a graduate of Iowa Lakes Community College.
The graduation ceremony was held at WITCC Nov. 2. The event was attended by advisory council members and local dignitaries as well as family and friends of the graduating officers. The guest speaker was Mark Prosser, public safety director for Storm Lake, Iowa.
Selk is a member of the 17th group of police officers to graduate from WITCC's RLETA. In order to graduate, the students had to demonstrate competency in 48 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 14-week structured Iowa Law Enforcement Academy training program at Camp Dodge, in Johnston.
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.