Institute of Public Safety Police Academy Graduates 302nd Class
It’s graduation day.
Each of the prospects were highly vetted and sponsored by local law enforcement departments to attend Broward College and learn the skills needed to officially join agencies upon program completion.
“The Police Academy itself requires real dedication, with students putting their critical thinking and problem-solving skills to the test on a daily basis,” Janine Czarnec, associate dean of criminal justice training, said. “It’s not easy. They are required to show a high proficiency academically, physically and in their marksmanship. They learn about legal, communication, defense tactics and go through experiences they have never experienced before.”
The graduation ceremony marked the culmination of 770 hours of training and instruction, 16 written tests and countless hours of studying and sacrifice for the right to be called an officer. This particular crop of cadets come by way of Boca Raton Police Services, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Coconut Creek, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Miami Shores, Miramar, Pembroke Pines with one self-sponsored cadet rounding out the group.
Officers, faculty, staff and fellow current cadets were in attendance to celebrate the graduates’ milestone. The milestone evening is always filled with a series of special moments for Czarnec.
“Becoming a police officer is a calling, where one must have a true passion in their heart and soul for the profession,” she said.
Like many of her counterparts, Czarnec is also an alumni of the program. She served for more than 20 years in the Hallandale Beach Police Department before retiring as a captain and returning to her alma mater as an instructor.
As he addressed the graduates Boca Raton Police Department Chief Dan Alexander stressed the importance of building trust. As leaders in the community, he encouraged them to be learners while bringing a sense of service and humility to the field.
During the awards portion of the ceremony Reginald Routier received the honor medallion for his overall performance within the program. The future Hollywood police officer was chosen based on feedback from staff, faculty, class supervisor and classmates. Raymond Pecoraro was presented the Frankie Mae Shivers Award for his leadership and going above and beyond. The award was created in memory of a fallen Hollywood police officer killed in the line of duty.
A powerful and emotional moment to conclude the proceedings is the badge ceremony. This is where loved ones who supported the cadets throughout their journey pin a badge on their respective graduates. Tears of joy and smiles beaming with pride could be seen from everyone in the venue, knowing so many goals have been reached.
The Institute of Public Safety offers on average five Police Academy sessions a year. The College pass rate for the State Officer Certification is the highest in the state, with 99 percent of the graduates doing so on their first attempt. That same percentage are employed. This year the program is on track to confer 180 diplomas, which is 38 more than last year.