Ocean City High School played host recently to graduation exercises for the 46th class of the Cape May County Police Academy.
Fifty-eight newly minted police officers representing municipalities and organizations from around the state were awarded certificates, including three from Ocean City.
One Ocean City graduate, Benjamin G. Bethea, made remarks on behalf of the class. The other two Ocean City Police Department recruits are Randall I. Clark and Jonathan C. Simonson.
Two graduates represented the Cape May County Sheriff’s Department: Sullivan C. Edwards and Andrew J. Garcia.
The exercises were well-attended not only by friends and family members of the graduates, but also by representatives and staff of the Cape May County Police Academy, local police departments and law enforcement agencies statewide.
Cape May County Freeholder Vice Director Leonard C. Desiderio, who is also mayor of Sea Isle City, gave a speech to the class and Patrick Colligan, president of the New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association, delivered the keynote address.
Awards were presented for academic achievement, firearms proficiency and physical fitness, among other honors.
Desiderio administered the oath of office, while Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland, Wildwood Police Chief Robert Regalbuto and Director of the Public Safety Training Center Thomas DePaul presided over the presentation of certificates to the graduates. DePaul also made the closing remarks.