The Natchitoches Police Department completed their 29th Reserve Academy and held a graduation ceremony June 15 at the Natchitoches Arts Center.
Natchitoches Police Department graduates were Officer Albert Tuiel Jr., Officer Christopher Cayer, Officer Daniel Durr Jr., Officer Danny Hatcher, and Officer Shemaria Lewis. Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office graduates were Deputy Ann Wade and Deputy Joseph Dyson. Northwestern State University Police Department graduates were Officer Flint Greer and Officer Matthew Ward. Coushatta Police Department’s graduate was Officer William Fitzpatrick and Powhatan Police Department’s graduate was Officer Gregory Blake.
The combined efforts of The Natchitoches Police Department and The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Department made this Reserve Academy a success.
Reserve Academy instructors were Reserve Commander Sergeant Jeff Townson, Lieutenant Nikeo Collins, Lieutenant Billy Meziere, Lieutenant Travis Johnston, Lieutenant Stan Williams, Sergeant Steve Rachal, Corporal Kevin Price, Corporal Trent Perritt, Assistant Chief Jesse Taitano, Sergeant Ronnie Ross, Sergeant Jonathan Roberts, and Deputy Garrett Murchison.
Reserve Police Officers are critical to community policing, and are an important asset to the department they serve. During the eight week Reserve Academy cadets completed training in search and seizure, building clearing, traffic stops, firearms and defensive tactics. Cadets were also certified in chemical weapons and taser usage
Chief Dove congratulates the graduating class and would like to thank all the instructors for their hard work and dedication in making this program a success.