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Law enforcement program honors students, instructor

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College recently presented awards to top-ranking students in the 2014 graduating class of the Law Enforcement Skills Training Program. Students also presented the Skills Instructor of the Year award.

At the completion of the Law Enforcement Skills Training Program course sequence each year, the Law Enforcement Program celebrates the accomplishments of graduating students in the areas of leadership and technical skill proficiency. Award recipients are selected by the program staff and through training exercises. Joel Olejnicak, Wade Lamirande and Scott Lyons, faculty in the Law Enforcement Training Program at FDLTCC, along with college president Larry Anderson, presented the awards during a ceremony on June 28.

Joshua Hutchins and Melanie Berntson, both of Duluth, received the Top Gun Awards, an award presented to the students who demonstrate exceptional mastery of the handgun, shotgun, and rifle during firearms training. Hutchins and Berntson were the top students in a competition requiring proficiency and timing using several types of firearms.

Bryan Bauers of Duluth received the Les Northrup Award, an award presented to a student who demonstrates wisdom, vision, and leadership in the ongoing quest to improve him/herself and the community. Bauers was selected by the program staff for his display of leadership ability, setting a good example to other students, surpassing standards and expectations, and his willingness to accept and complete extra tasks.

Instructor Scott Lyons, FDLTCC Law Enforcement Program Coordinator and former chief of police in Duluth, was named Skills Instructor of the Year by the students completing the skills training program. Lyons, who retired from his position at FDLTCC at the end of June, taught Leadership, Community Policing, and Introduction to Criminal Justice within the skills program. He was chosen from among the 50 part‑time and full‑time instructors who teach in the program.

Each award recipient received a plaque for their accomplishments during the program. A total of 61 students completed the Law Enforcement Skills Training program in 2014 at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.