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Cadets of Class 109 of the Angelina College Regional Law Enforcement Academy pose following their recent graduation ceremony held on the Angelina College campus. (l-r) AC Police Chief Doug Conn, Bailey Muschweck, Chad Murray, Cedric Knighton and Training Manager Lt. Jack Stephenson. Photo by Gary Stallard/AC News Service
From AC News Service
As if the rigors of the Angelina College Law Enforcement Academy alone weren’t enough, the recent group of cadets endured several starts and stops along their journey. In a night class that started with 13 cadets, Class 109 finished the certification program with three graduates. Those men – Cedric E. Knighton of Livingston, Chad A. Murray of Lufkin and Bailey S. Muschweck of LaPorte – received well-earned recognition in a ceremony held on the Angelina College campus last week.
“We started this class back in May and we dealt with COVID-related interruptions along the way,” AC Police Chief Doug Conn said. “These men were in class or training nearly every night of the week and pretty much every weekend. We have tested them physically and psychologically and they’ve shown real tenacity in completing the 750 required hours. They’re the cream of the crop.”
Training Manager Lt. Jack Stephenson noted how a night academy presents its own challenges considering the other responsibilities cadets have during the day.
“These men proved their dedication to this profession just in how determined they were to complete their training schedule. Yet they endured, so this is their night, and this is their accomplishment,” Stephenson said.
Murray earned the Top Gun Award, Muschweck was named best driver and Knighton was the class valedictorian.
Angelina College was issued a license to operate a police academy in 12 East Texas counties in September of 1993 by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). The academy offers basic and in-service training courses at sites throughout Deep East Texas with the assistance of an advisory board, which assists in directing the academy.