Forty-five cadets graduated last Wednesday from the Montgomery County Municipal Police Academy during ceremonies held in Blue Bell PA.

BLUE BELL PA – Forty-five police cadets – including residents of Linfield, Limerick, and Harleysville – graduated last Wednesday (July 28, 2010) from Montgomery County Community College’s Municipal Police Academy, during a ceremony held in its Science Center Theater on the college main campus in Blue Bell PA.

Six of the 45 have already been hired and are currently working for local police departments.

Graduates included Brian Britcher of Linfield, Raymond Liczbinski of Limerick, and Amanda Pfister of Harleysville.

Montgomery County PA Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas P. Rogers, an alumnus and Hall of Fame inductee of the college, and Abington Township Police Department Director of Training Robert Sands – both of whom are long-standing instructors for the academy – were keynote speakers. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman and Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. attended the ceremony and acknowledged the work of the cadets.

The college, in conjunction with the state training commission, operates the academy at the county Public Safety Training Campus, 1175 Conshohocken Rd., Conshohocken PA. It has been the training ground for about 3,000 cadets, with a consistent graduation rate of higher than 90 percent. The 800-hour curriculum allows successful students to receive up to 20 credit hours toward an associate’s degree in criminal justice.

“This program is built on discipline, commitment and teamwork,” academy Director Frank A. Williar said. “The graduates are the best, the elite.” Williar, a 1974 academy graduate, was hired as director in 2005. The academy is certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission.

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