Texas border affairs
The B-21 class of the Laredo College Regional Law Enforcement Academy was honored on December 17 for completing their intense training.
Laredo’s cadet officer Jesus R. Ramirez also received the academic excellence award. He was honored to have received this distinction in his class. The Top Gun Award was received by Jaime Rivera of the Zapata County Sheriff’s Office for his gun proficiency and safe handling of guns. The Cadet Mentor Award is another award given at the end of the semester and is unique in that this winner is selected by his or her peers. The recipient of this award was Jesus R. Ramirez. The Iron Eagle Award is a special recognition given to the cadet who has demonstrated an overall balance of skill and leadership. This special recognition was given to Gustavo Villarreal. The Fitness Excellence awards for this class went to Luis Ferdin and Viridiana Hernandez.
The 17 students who were in the B-21 class achieved outstanding test scores and will serve as base peace officers. In order to achieve this level of achievement, students have qualified through several prerequisites to ensure that the people of Texas are served by highly trained and ethical law enforcement agencies.
Students must also have been sponsored by an administrator from the Texas law enforcement agency in order to participate in the academy. Sponsors for the B-21 class cadets included the Laredo Police Department, the Webb County Sheriff’s Office, and the Zapata County Sheriff’s Office. There is a significant responsibility for students to perform well throughout the semester due to these sponsorships and the desire to serve the community.
The academy has been at the forefront of law enforcement training and education for over 45 years. The pandemic has posed unique challenges for training and education across the country. Despite the challenges faced by our cadets and our training team, this class managed to complete the training and their licensing exam.
The mission of the Laredo College Regional Law Enforcement Academy is to provide its cadets with the highest quality law enforcement education and to ensure that the standards and requirements of the Texas Law Enforcement Commission law are met or exceeded, regardless of the circumstances.