POST Class #346 Graduation
Class motto was “Kia Kaha!” a Maori phrase meaning “Stay Strong!”
On Thursday, December 19th, DPS’ Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Law Enforcement Academy held graduation exercises for Law Enforcement Officer Session #346.
Thirty-eight new officers and deputies graduated and will join 23 different law enforcement agencies throughout the state. The agencies receiving new law enforcement officers from session #346 are as follows:
- American Fork Police Department
- Bountiful City Police Department
- Emery County Sheriff’s Office
- Grand County Sheriff’s Office
- Iron County Sheriff’s Office
- Kane County Sheriff’s Office
- Layton City Police Department
- Moab City Police Department
- North Salt Lake Police Department
- Ogden Police Department
- Orem City Police Department
- Roy Police Department
- Sandy Police Department
- St. George Police Department
- Summit County Sheriff’s Office
- South Salt Lake Police Department
- Utah County Sheriff’s Office
- Utah Department of Corrections
- Utah State Parks and Recreation
- University of Utah Police Department
- Wayne County Sheriff’s Office
- West Jordan Police Department
- West Valley City Police Department
North Salt Lake Police Department Chief Craig Black delivered the keynote address at the ceremony.
Chief Black took the questions from the standard line of inquiry – who, what, where, when and way – and advised the members of Class 346 to turn these questions inward. “We should be a little more introspective,” Chief Black said. “And reflect on the things that are important as they apply to us as individuals in law enforcement.”
In his expansion on the internalization of the question of “Who?”, Chief Black compared the experiences the officers will have in their careers to the story of the collapse of the Silver Bridge on the West Virginia and Ohio border in 1967. The bridge collapse resulted in the deaths of 46 people and the ensuing investigation attributed the collapse to the failure of a single eyebar in a suspension chain, due to a small defect 0.1 inches deep.
Just as the bridge was exposed to the elements, Chief Black told the new officers that during their careers, they will be exposed to many terrible things, sometimes the worst things our society has to offer. Just as bridge inspectors need to pay attention to even the smallest aspect of a bridge, the officers need to pay close attention to the small things and issues that may compromise their integrity.
“Major corruption is the thing of movies and novels,” Chief Black said. “It is the minor flaws – the 1/8th inch cracks – that we need to be aware of. Those are the things that will take you, your reputation and the reputation of this profession down.”
Following Chief Black’s address, POST’s Sgt. Poret administered the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics to the graduating officers.
The new officers and deputies were then presented with their law enforcement certificates.
New South Salt Lake Police Department Officer Ahlborn delivered the class response. He recognized the sacrifices made by the members of Class 346 as well as those made by their family members. Officer Ahlborn described Class 346 as a very diverse one to which each member brought a unique perspective that helped broaden the horizons of the other members.
Several of the graduating cadets were recognized for significant achievements. The Outstanding Firearms Award, which is given to the cadet with the overall high average on the day shoot and night shoot was presented to new Utah Department of Corrections (DOC) Officer Jeff Buck.
New Utah State Parks and Recreation Ranger Dylan Urban received the Outstanding Physical Fitness Award.
The High Academic Award went to new Utah County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bryce Penrod.
And the Outstanding Achiever Award, presented by the Utah Peace Officer Association, went to new Utah DOC Officer Jeff Buck.
Congratulations, Class 346! Welcome to the Utah law enforcement family!