Regional Police Academy Graduates Latest Class of Basic Peace Officer Cadets
Twenty-one cadets received certificates and pins after completing intensive program
Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso
Dressed in khaki pants and blue polo shirts, 21 cadets were recognized for completing intensive training as part of the Del Mar College Regional Police Academy’s Basic Peace Officer course. The pinning ceremony took place on Friday, June 24, when the Spring Class of 2022 received their certificates and pins during a ceremony at the College’s Emergency Training Building on the Windward Campus.
The cadets include Gil S. Arizmendi IV, Oliver M. Buendia, Nicholas V. Buys, Brandon L. Canales, Rigoberto Correa Jr., Martin A. Delossantos, Ryan T. Dunlavy, Anna S. Flores, Devyn Erasmo Garza, Brittney N. Hernandez, Joseph F. Jasso, Matteo A. Karstedt, Christian G. Machado, Diamond R. Olguin, Pedro R. Paiz, Kristi M. Rivera-Sanchez, Bradley E. Spears, Robert L. Tilmon II, Antonio Trevino Jr., Donnie E. Van Ness III and Miguel A. Vasquez.
In addition to pins and certificates, some cadets received special recognition, including Anna S. Flores, valedictorian; Joseph F. Jasso, salutatorian; Gil S. Arizmendi IV, driving skills achievement award; Pedro R. Paiz, firing skills achievement award; and Robert L. Tilmon II, class leader recognition.
The 21 cadets were accepted and sponsored by Coastal Bend law enforcement agencies after meeting minimum physical fitness guidelines to serve as basic peace officers in their communities.
During training, cadets covered at least 42 different subjects in the classroom that ranged from traffic laws, civil processes, penal code and the criminal justice system to report writing, first aid, patrol procedures, human relations and criminal investigations, among other topics.
Cadets completed practical exercises focused on firearms training, driving, defense tactics, building searches and physical fitness programs. Additionally, they received certification on the proper use of taser and pepper spray.
After successfully passing their state licensing test with Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), cadets are eligible to serve as peace officers with law enforcement agencies within the state of Texas.
To learn more about the College’s Regional Police Academy, visit the academy’s web page at
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