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Police Academy Class 168 Completion Ceremony

Oct 5, 2022

Nearly all of the 49 cadets in Class #168 who are graduating this Friday are affiliated with agencies and are ready to go to work.  The Basic Police Academy Completion Ceremony for Class #168 is October 7 at 3:00 p.m. and will take place at CrossCity Church, 2777 E. Nees Avenue, Fresno.

Keynote speaker Assistant Sheriff Steve McComas of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office will address the cadets. Assistant Sheriff McComas is currently in charge of the Sheriff’s “Custody Division” which encompasses over 800 employees working in  three jails, three court houses, coroner’s office and business office. He has been with the department 27 years during which he spent 15 years with the SWAT team.

Certificates will be presented by FCC President Dr. Robert Pimentel, Police Academy director Gary Fief, Kerman PD Chief John Golden, and Police Academy recruit training officer Shant Sheklanian. Awards will be given for Top Shot, Top Physical Training, Top Law Enforcement Skills, Top Academic Student, and Best All Around.

Class #168 began their 25-week training on April 18, 2022. The cadets successfully completed the Academy’s 1030-hour intensive format passing over 42 topical areas including criminal law, investigations, patrol and juvenile procedures, vehicle operations, traffic, emergency management, first aid, professionalism and ethics, physical training, and many other related subjects.

The Police Academy is certified by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to present the basic academy course.  Graduates are eligible to be hired as a police officer, deputy sheriff or district attorney investigator, Department of Insurance Investigator, Department of Motor Vehicles Investigator or Alcohol Beverage Control Investigator anywhere in California. Several other states recognize this certificate for employment.

Of the 49 cadets, 47 have already been offered jobs at local agencies and will be receiving their badges at the ceremony. Most will work for the Fresno Police Department, others will go to police departments in Chowchilla, Kingsburg, Madera, and Merced, and other agencies.

Here are the graduates listed by their hometowns.  Those who are already with an agency are indicated:


Name, Hometown, Agency

  • Carter Aguilar, Fresno, Fresno PD
  • Daniel Beaird, Chowchilla, Chowchilla PD
  • Marcus Chanes, Dos Palos, Fresno PD
  • Nicholas Chavez, Fresno, California Dept. of Insurance
  • Raul Chavez-Gonzalez, Sanger, Fresno PD
  • Ryan Crooks, Fresno, Fresno PD
  • Alyssa Cruz, Fresno, Fresno PD
  • Anthony Curiel, Sanger, Fresno PD
  • Jesus De Alba, Fresno, Unaffiliated
  • Mark De La Torre, Dinuba, California Dept. of Insurance
  • Laura Ellison-Seeger, Ventura, Fresno PD
  • Nicholas Firpo, Fresno, Fresno PD
  • Breanna Flores, Le Grand, Merced PD
  • Jesus Gonzalez, San Jose, Fresno PD
  • Roberto Hernandez, Santa Cruz, Fresno PD
  • Sarah Huerta, Reedley, Fresno PD
  • Elijah Juarez, Madera, Fresno PD
  • Brevin Leibee, Clovis, Fresno PD
  • Guramrit Litt, Punjab, India, Fresno PD
  • Eric Loredo, Reedley, Fresno PD
  • Jazmin Manilla, Fresno, Fresno PD
  • Justin Manriquez, Sanger,  
  • Elio Martinez, Kerman, Fresno PD
  • James Martinez, Fresno, Fresno PD
  • Lucila Martinez, Sanger, Fresno PD
  • Marco Martinez, Chowchilla, Madera PD
  • Garrett McCaleb, Coarsegold, Fresno PD
  • Matthew Miller, Kerman, Fresno PD
  • Leann Molina, Fresno, Fresno PD
  • Selene Moreno Valdez, Orosi, Fresno PD
  • Joseph Nichols, Fresno, Fresno SO
  • Artur Petrosyan, Fresno, Fresno PD
  • Ivana Ramirez, Selma, Fresno PD
  • Alondra Reyes, Fresno, Fresno PD
  • Miguel Reyes, Fresno, Fresno PD
  • Yvonne Ruiz, Fresno, Kingsburg PD
  • Nancy Saldana, Cutler, Fresno PD
  • Vianca Sanchez, Oaxaca, Mexico, California Dept. of Motor Vehicles
  • Alvaro Sanchez Franco, Madera, Madera PD
  • Jessica Saravia, Dos Palos, Fresno PD
  • Sondra Schmidt, Fresno, Fresno PD
  • Jonah Tietjen, Clovis, Fresno PD
  • Felix Tobar, Fresno, Fresno PD
  • Luan Tran, Stockton, Fresno PD
  • Alan Vargas, Fresno, Fresno PD
  • Mariah Vargas, Fresno, Fresno PD
  • Eric Vazquez, Torrance, Merced PD
  • Nicholas Wilson, Fresno, Fresno PD
  • Jaime Zaragoza, Delano, Fresno PD
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