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Westcheter County Police Academy Honors 31 New Graduates

White Plains Police Officer Amy Carelli, center, received her Police Academy training certificate from Commissioner David E. Chong (left of her) and was joined on stage by several family members who also are serving or retired as police officers. Photo Credit: Contributed
Michael Vanderwalker of White Plains Police Department received the "Best All Around" recruit award, presented by the Westchester County Detectives Association during Friday's police academy graduation ceremony at SUNY Purchase. Photo Credit: Contributed
Westchester County Police Sgt. Edward Devlin of the Police Academy brings the 141st Session and the audience to attention to begin Friday's graduation ceremony at SUNY Purchase College in Harrison. There are 31 new law enforcement officers. Photo Credit: Contributed
Friday's graduation ceremony at SUNY Purchase began with a procession by the Police Emerald Society of Westchester County Pipes and Drums. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
A view from the rear of SUNY Purchase College's Performing Arts Center shows the hundreds of family members and fellow officers attending Friday's gradaution for 31 members of the Westchester County Police Academy. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

HARRISON, N.Y. -- The Westchester County Police Academy awarded training certificates to its 31 newest graduates on Friday.

During a ceremony at SUNY Purchase College in Harrison, rookie officers from Nassau County to Poughkeepsie -- and two dozen police departments in between -were recognized for completing 20 weeks of rigorous training.

Westchester County Department of Public Safety Commissioner George N. Longworth noted that the academy's 141st class is the second to complete its training at a newly renovated facility in Valhalla. County government spent $19 million on the project.

"Welcome to the Westchester law enforcement family," Longworth told more than 300 family members and fellow police officers. "The best job on Earth."

The City of Mount Vernon Police Department welcomed the most new officers on Friday -- with 11 graduates -- while many rookies were congratulated on stage by their new police chiefs, commissioners or family members already serving in law enforcement. 

White Plains Police Department recruit Amy Carelli, for example, has several relatives serving on or retired from area police departments. Her father retired as an officer in the Village of Mamaroneck and her twin brother and a cousin are active local police officers. 

Here are the newest graduates from police departments in Westchester County:

Town of Bedford: Ronald Sauber

Town of Greenburgh: Nicholas Albano

Vilage of Larchmont: Danielle Lent

City of Mount Vernon: Brian Colasacco, Benny Gutierrez, Clifford Haviland, Rodney Henriquez, Robert Kressman, Lawrence Abdu, Richard Papa Jr., Sebastian Salazar, Ronald Simpson, Michael-Thomas Timpone and Alexander Zapletal

Village of Ossining: Jose Cosme and Ryan Tompkins

Village of Port Chester: Leonard Carriero-Granados, Yovani Lago and Kyle Manning Jr.,

Village of Tarrytown: Blake Butler and DaVonn Warner

City of White Plains: Amy Carelli, Steven Silfa and Michael Vanderwalker

City of Yonkers: Kyle McPhillips

The remaining graduates and their departments:

Town of Kent: Steven Gasparrini and Angel Rivera

Putnam County Sheriff's Office: Kevin Osika.

Village of Lynbrook (Nassau County): Michael Monaghan

Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor: Stephen Abreu

City of Poughkeepsie: Joseph Whalen II

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