Amarillo Police Department 92nd Police Academy graduation

On Wednesday, June 20th, the 92nd Session of the Amarillo Police Department’s Academy graduated. The graduation ceremony was held in the Grand Plaza of the Amarillo Civic Center.

Ginger Nelson, Mayor of Amarillo, provided remarks. City of Amarillo Municipal Court Judge Laura Hamilton administered the oath to the new officers. Chief Ed Drain presented the officers with graduation certificates and badges. The officers then had family members pin on their newly issued badges.

The eleven officers completed 1,113 hours of police training since beginning the academy on Dec 6th, 2017. The first phase of the academy provides officers with the knowledge to pass the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Basic Proficiency Certification test. After the Basic Proficiency test is completed, the recruit officers complete a series of more advanced courses. This phase of the academy provides instruction needed to function within procedures specific to this Department. It also provides training beyond the state minimum requirement.

The APD Academy training covers subjects including but not limited to emergency vehicle operation, report writing, Department rules and regulations, constitutional rights, criminal and traffic law, search and seizure, procedural justice, de-escalation training, criminal investigation, mental health crisis intervention, mechanics of arrest, and self-defense.

When officers graduate from the academy, they are assigned to the Uniform Division. They continue individual training under the direct supervision of a Field Training Officer for the next four months. During this training, they are assigned to each of the three shifts for two to five weeks. Through the training, they are expected to continue to learn and to demonstrate increasing competency. They are evaluated on a daily basis.

Three of the new officers were recognized for individual achievements during the academy: Kristin Zelenevskiy received the Capt. J.T. Carver Award for highest final overall grade point average. Gentry Giles claimed the plaque as “Top Shooter” in a competition held as part of firearms training. Armando Rueda was recognized with the Fitness Instructor’s Award. Fitness Instructors select the recipient of this award based on a recruit’s performance, improvement, and motivation of peers in that area of instruction.

 Front row left to right–Ofc. Christina Harrison, Ofc. Shelby Avalos, Ofc. Kristin Zelenevskiy, Ofc. Patricia Moreno

Middle row left to right – Cpl. Casey Ogden, Sgt. Kevin Korinek, Ofc. Gentry Giles, Ofc. Allison Munsell, Chief Ed Drain, Ofc. Alec Martinez, Capt. Jimmy Johnson

Back row left to right – Ofc. Morgan Powell, Ofc. Armando Rueda, Ofc. Logan Randolph, Ofc. Vandan Bernal

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