County Executive Tom Gordon congratulated the 25 graduates of the 38th New Castle County Police Recruit Academy as well-trained, modern day police officers at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington Thursday night.
Twenty-three of the graduates will work for the New Castle County Police Division and two of the graduates will work for the Delaware River and Bay Authority Police since the County Executive recognizes the importance of supporting other agencies in New Castle County.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be here today to speak about the profession I love,” said County Executive Gordon, former Colonel of the New Castle County PD. “Today, you graduated and you’re ready to face the challenges of a modern police officer. You’re disciplined, well-educated and physically fit.
“You have learned and you have demonstrated teamwork and a solid work ethic,” he said. “The Academy staff and instructors have given you the necessary foundation for you to excel in your career in law enforcement, but the rest is up to you. Your career and what you will become is in your hands now.”
Gordon also congratulated New Castle County Public Safety Director Joseph Bryant, Jr. and Police Chief Col. Elmer Setting for the job they have done in making the NCCPD the “finest department in the country.” Bryant and Setting in turn thanked the Executive for all he had done to equip them with the right tools and funding despite hard economic times.
Keynote speaker Kathleen Jennings, Chief Prosecutor for the Delaware Department of Justice, in turn also praised the Executive, the Public Safety Director and the Chief of Police for implementing T.A.P.S. (Targeted Analytic Policing System), which had reduced crime in the County by double digits. She said that had significantly increased quality of life in New Castle County, and morale in the Police Department was at an all-time high.
Gordon, Bryant, Setting and Jennings were joined on stage by Col. Richard Arroyo of the Delaware River and Bay Authority Police Department to honor the graduates.
The following 25 police graduates received their badges before their family and friends:
Jonathan S. Adams, New Castle County PoliceMatthew T. Arnold, New Castle County PoliceSteven W. Burkhead, Delaware River and Bay AuthorityErinn S. Carte, New Castle County PoliceAnthony J. Carter, Jr., New Castle County PoliceEric M. Christopher, New Castle County PoliceVladislav O. Doronin, New Castle County PoliceMichael B. Eliasen, New Castle County PoliceAdam M. Holubinka, New Castle County PoliceStephen Jenkins, New Castle County PoliceColleen Kearns, New Castle County PoliceMichael J. LaPointe, New Castle County PoliceGrigori A. Lopez-Garcia, New Castle County PoliceMegan F. McCole, New Castle County PoliceMichael J. McNasby, New Castle County Police Corey A. Nicholson, New Castle County PoliceRichard W. Parson, Jr., New Castle County PoliceAmanda A. Pierce, New Castle County PoliceStephen V. Przeworski, New Castle County PoliceAndrew P. Rosario, New Castle County PoliceDavid L. Santiago, Delaware River and Bay AuthorityJoshua Steele, New Castle County PoliceRobert W. Windle, Jr., New Castle County PoliceDonald L. Witte, III, New Castle County PoliceMichael T. Zolnowski, New Castle County Police
Adam Holubinka was selected by his peers to be the class speaker, and he was also given the Chief of Police Outstanding recruit Award by Colonel Setting.
Holubinka thanked Colonel Setting, Major Matthew Jamison, Captain Ruben Martinez, Lieutenant Douglas G. Merrill, Sergeant Gerald Tatum, Corporal Glenn Davis, Jr., Corporal John Weglarz, and all of their instructors for their guidance, support, and knowledge.