Saturday, August 15, 2009

Essex County College Police Academy Graduation: Reawakening the Heart of America

Thursday, August 13, 2009 was a night of honor, pride, and celebration in Cedar Grove, New Jersey as the Essex County College Police Academy graduated 21 new Police Officers. These graduates will serve agencies including the Essex County Sheriff's Office, Glen Ridge Police Department, New Jersey Transit Police Department and West Orange Police Department.

Essex County leaders in attendance included A. Zachary Yamba, President of Essex County College, Vernell Patrick, Executive Vice President & Provost of Essex County College, Rocco L. Miscia Jr., Director of the Essex County College Police Academy and Wayne J. Morrison, Associate Director of the Essex County College Police Academy.

As the keynote speaker I reminded the graduates that they have the power to Reawaken the Heart of America—they represent hope for their agencies, communities and the nation in response to a head-on collision of corruption and violence in society today.

Keynote Excerpts
Reawakening the Heart of America

This is a night of achievement, hope and excitement for our police academy graduates.

This celebration is larger than personal accomplishment… each of these graduates stands for something larger than themselves…they are a sign, symbol and reality for their families, friends, communities, county and country.

Tonight, we are reminded that we are at pivotal crossroads of American history… we are reminded of the dignity of the law enforcement profession, of the call to integrity of all who serve in public office and of the importance of each member of our communities…

A Reawakening of the Heart of America begins tonight as together we proclaim:

We the People will reawaken the heart of America by serving our communities and holding the virtue of justice as our banner.

We the People will reawaken the heart of America by honoring diversity and treating each person with dignity.

We the People will reawaken the heart of America by lighting a fire of character within our souls and realigning our nation's moral compass.

We the People will reawaken the heart of America through hearts of compassion, especially toward those who are marginalized, abandoned and without hope.

We the People will reawaken the heart of America by committing ourselves to moral courage that inspires the right choices.

We the People will reawaken the heart of America by honoring those who are serve in the military and all who have given the ultimate sacrifice for this nation.

A moving moment of the ceremony took place during its conclusion when, in unison before hundreds of inspired witnesses, the graduates proudly proclaimed the Law Enforcement Officers Code:

  1. I am an American Law Enforcement Officer – a protector of the greatest Nation on earth, sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States.
  2. I will treat others with dignity and respect, and expect others to do the same.
  3. I will honor my Country, my department, and my fellow law enforcement officers, by living the Essex County College Police Academy values.
  4. No matter what situation I am in, I will never do anything for pleasure, profit or personal safety, which will disgrace my uniform, my department, or my country.
  5. Lastly, I am proud of my Country and its flag. I want to look back and say that I am proud to have served my Country, as a law enforcement officer.

Congratulations to the graduates of the Essex County College Police Academy Basic Police Officer's Class 09-1 for their achievement as they are sent forth to represent the highest ideals of being an American.

Bell, Rakem West Orange PO
Brienza, Gia Alternate Route
Cromartie, Nathaniel EC Sheriff's Office
DeRosa, Christopher West Orange PO
Haase, Jason EC Sheriff's Office
Kral, Jeffrey Alternate Route
Manley, Daniel Glen Ridge PO
Marone, John West Orange PO
Martinez, Jorge Alternate Route
Marzullo, Gerardo EC Sheriff's Office
Megaro, Christian EC Sheriff's Office
Novak, Charles NJ Transit PO
O'Toole, Robert West Orange PO
Paye, Neumen West Orange PO
Ruane, Robert EC Sheriff's Office
Ryals, Ozie EC Sheriff's Office
Salogiannis, Dimitrios Alternate Route
Shutz, Keri Alternate Route
Tripodi, Patrick EC Sheriff's Office
Wachterhauser, Scott NJ Transit PO
Zavistoski, Brian Alternate Route

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