Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety, and Chief Sheriff David M. DeCesare, announce the graduation of 21 recruits from the Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs Training Academy Class of 2017.
The graduates were honored at a ceremony last night at the Johnston High School, which was attended by several hundred family members and friends.
The 20 men and 1 woman will be hired to fill existing and future vacancies within the ranks of the Division of Sheriffs, which provides courtroom and cell block security in each of the state's court houses, as well as transportation of suspects, extradition and civil service.
Chief DeCesare explained that each of these graduates recently completed an intensive six-week voluntary comprehensive law enforcement training program covering many aspects of policing and corrections. They attended classes and physical training from 4:45 to 10:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Last night's ceremony also featured remarks from Colonel Assumpico, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin and the Honorable Paul A. Suttell, Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
The following graduates received special recognition: Edward C. Papineau, Jr. Class Valedictorian; Steven D. Borino Jr., Firearms Award; Nicholas H. LePage, Physical Fitness Award and Peer Recognition Award; and Devon J. Seddon, Leadership Award.
Other graduates include: Jeffrey P. Cahoon, Ashley J. Coutu, Michael P. Duhaime, Robert W. Fontaine, Sean M. Hannon, Joseph G. Hughes, John E. Kosowski, III, Nicodemus G. Manzotti, Andrew J. McDaniel, Christopher W. Miller, Bruce Orsini, Curtis N. Perry, John V. Piluso, Ian M. Quinn, Mark I. Roman, Thomas A. Santurri and Josemar A. Silva.