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VPO Academy celebrates graduation


Photo courtesy of James Hoelscher

The Village Public Officer Academy 23 celebrated their graduation last Thursday in Bethel after training at Yuut Elitnaurviat in Bethel. The class consisted of 18 Tribal and Village Police Officers and 8 Village Public Safety Officers from across the state. Special guests included Fr. Elia Larson of the St. Sophia Orthodox Church who gave the blessing, Representative Bob Herron, and Academy Director Michael Dekreon. Graduates are (top row from left) Trooper Sgt. Leonard Wallner, VPSO Sgt. Clinton O’Malley, TPO Krystal Alexie, TPO Frank Billy, VPSO Sandra Lamont, VPSO Justin Hooper, VPSO Peter Berlin Jr., VPSO Marcus Barr, VPSO Thomas Madole, Commissioner Joseph Masters, Attorney General John Burns, VPSO Travis Sheppard, VPSO Darren Alexie, VPSO Ian Dorsey, VPO Jerraine Raymond, VPO Taylor Kobuk, Academy Director Michael Dekreon, and VPSO Sgt. James Hoelscher. Bottom Row: (from left) are VPSO Cpl. Clifford Moses, TPO Jonathon Nokowallera, VPO Charles Taufa, VPO Max Olick Jr., TPO Mark Lincoln, TPO Simeon Fisher, VPO Jonathan Smith, VPO Charlamagne Olick, TPO Gordon Kvasnikoff, VPO Christopher Maxie, TPO Jessica Paul, VPO Elias Friday Jr., VPO McCormick Tungiyan, VPO Rita Slats, TPO Agnes Chanar-Nevak, VPSO Cpl. Nathan Joseph, and Trooper Perry Barr.

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