Law Enforcement Class Graduates
January 26, 2009

Seventeen law enforcement officers from Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester, Caroline, Talbot and Kent counties graduated in the 61st entrance-level class of the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy (ESCJA) operated by Wor-Wic Community College at the corner of Route 50 and Walston Switch Road in Salisbury.

Graduation exercises, which were held in Guerrieri Hall at the college campus, featured a commencement address by Chief Michael J. Phillips of the Fruitland Police Department.

James M. Beatty Sr., Wor-Wic’s director of criminal justice, presided at the ceremony. Awards of certification and excellence were presented by Patrick Bradley, executive director of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions in Woodstock, Md., and various agency representatives. Kyle H. Murray of the Ocean City Police Department was the class speaker. Closing remarks were made by Bradley.

In addition to Murray, graduates included Mark A. Merritt and Michael J. Mitchell of the Salisbury Police Department, James G. Jackson and Joseph Kerr of the Fruitland Police Department, Nicole T. Malone and David W. Whitmer of the Ocean City Police Department, Kyle E. Jones of the Ocean Pines Police Department, Steven E. Daniel and Rodney J. Helmer Jr. of the Cambridge Police Department, Danielle M. Eason, Heather L. Hanson and Anthony Reyes of the Easton Police Department, Jeffrey C. Thomas of the State Fire Marshal’s Office in Easton, Christopher T. Fenzel of the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, Charity F. Peris of the Denton Police Department and Christopher D. Boyce of the Chestertown Police Department.

LOWER SHORE GRADUATES. Wicomico and Worcester graduates who were part of the 61st entrance-level law enforcement class of the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy operated by Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury are shown, in the front row, from left, Mark A. Merritt and Michael J. Mitchell of the Salisbury Police Department, and James G. Jackson and Joseph Kerr of the Fruitland Police Department. In the back, from left, are Nicole T. Malone, Kyle H. Murray and David W. Whitmer of the Ocean City Police Department and Kyle E. Jones of the Ocean Pines Police Department.

UPPER SHORE GRADUATES. Graduates from Dorchester, Caroline, Talbot and Kent counties who were part of the 61st entrance-level law enforcement class of the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy operated by Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury are shown, in the front row, from left, Jeffrey C. Thomas of the State Fire Marshal’s Office in Easton, Christopher T. Fenzel of the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, Charity F. Peris of the Denton Police Department and Christopher D. Boyce of the Chestertown Police Department. In the back, from left, are Steven E. Daniel and Rodney J. Helmer Jr. of the Cambridge Police Department, and Danielle M. Eason, Heather L. Hanson and Anthony Reyes of the Easton Police Department.