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Police Academy Graduation

Jul 9, 2020

When: Friday, July 10, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Where:  Fresno City College, Police Academy, located behind Ratcliffe Stadium

The Fresno City College Police Academy announces the graduation of 34 cadets from its 1030-hour intensive format that began January 6, 2020.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this class was suspended from March 16, 2020 to April 13, 2020. Only the cadets will be at today’s ceremony. All cadets and faculty will be practicing social distancing and wearing face masks in the parking lot in front of the Police Academy buildings.

The graduates have successfully passed all segments of a curriculum in over 41 topical areas that included criminal law, investigations, patrol procedures, vehicle operations, traffic, first aid, professionalism and ethics, physical training, and many other related subjects.

The Fresno City College Police Academy is certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.  A graduate is eligible to be hired as a police officer, deputy sheriff or district attorney investigator anywhere in California.  Several other states recognize this certificate for employment. 

The graduates and their hometowns:

  • Chowchilla: Jose Martinez
  • Clovis: Tyler Bates, Melinda Davis, David Drees, Kevin Gillum,
  • Delhi: Francisco Flores-Villanueva
  • Fowler: Amy Gavroian
  • Fresno: Anthony Aguilar, Michael Beal, Clarence Dixon, Michael Halstead, Raymond Litke, Efren Lopez, Sergio Lopez, Jazmine Louis, James Marston, Eric Martinez, Terry McCoy, Alexandra Medina, Joshua Nicherson, Jacory Payton, Junior Taito and Melvin Zamora-Sosa
  • Loomis: Jacob Paynter
  • Los Banos: Vincenzo Greco, Stephen O’Day
  • Madera: Justin Chase, Jerron Romias
  • Mariposa: Phillip Rauch, Timothy Slenders
  • Prather: Emily Diamante
  • Sanger: Eddie Castrejon, Andrew Machoian
  • Santa Cruz: Daniel Grever

Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to Gary Fief, Police Academy Director, at 559.442.8277 or by email at

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