Honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, 21 Western Nevada Peace Officer Academy cadets ran in formation rom Western Nevada Community College to the Nevada Peace Officer's Memorial at the Capitol and back. Students in the college's police officer training program complete the five-mile Pride Run every year to honor law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.
"This run of endurance recognizes those who have fallen," Sheriff Ken Furlong said. "It is an honor for the cadets to run and present themselves at the memorial."
Dressed in white shirts and tan pants, the students began their journey at 8 a.m. and ran for approximately a half-hour each way.
Sheriff's officers provided traffic control through town and Furlong addressed the cadets at the memorial. He told the cadets that they are the future of law enforcement and spoke of the many challenges they will face in their careers.
The academy, which begins each January, meets all Nevada and POST certification requirements. The 30-week, 33.5-credit program combines classroom learning, practical application, and physical training to prepare students for careers in law enforcement. The program also applies toward a WNCC Associate of Applied Science degree in Law Enforcement/Academy.
A commencement ceremony will take place Friday, Aug. 11.
Press Release: July 10, 2006
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