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SUNY Canton Honors Convocation Named to Honor Revered Criminal Justice Professor

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The ceremony’s namesake has 40 years in the law enforcement field as a police officer and an educator.

Dave GuccioneSUNY Canton has named its annual student award ceremony to honor a retired Criminal Justice professor who co-created the College’s first bachelor’s degree program.

The 2014 Professor Emeritus David V. Guccione Honors Convocation will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in SUNY Canton’s Roos House Athletic Center.

“David’s commitment to generations of future law enforcement professionals is legendary among his students and cadets,” said Interim Provost Karen M. Spellacy. “Although he is very humble, and never looks for praise or accolades, he continues to be an inspiration to the College. I’m honored that he will join us as we honor our best and brightest students at Honors Convocation.”

Guccione and his colleague, Distinguished Professor Emeritus Theodore E. Marlowe, started the David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy to train cadets to enter law enforcement careers in 1996. Guccione received the President’s Meritorious Service Award the same year. Guccione and Marlow also co-created the college’s first four-year degree, Criminal Investigation. The new program placed emphasis on pragmatic knowledge and skills needed by future law enforcement professionals.

“I was very surprised when I learned of my nomination and selection,” Guccione said. “Just as we teachers take pride in our students’ accomplishments, the people who inspired me and helped me should realize they have a share in my accomplishments and this honor.”

Guccione began working for SUNY Canton in 1979. He was promoted to associate professor in 1984 and full professor in 1988. In 1998, he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.  He served as the coordinator of the Criminal Justice program 21 of his 23 years at the College. Guccione retired and received emeritus status in 2002. He has a combined 40 years of experience as a law-enforcement professional and a criminal justice educator and is well known and respected for his expertise.

Dave Guccione and 2014 Police Academy

Prior to his career at SUNY Canton, Guccione was a police officer and field-training officer with the St. Louis County Police Department in St. Louis, Mo. He is a retired chief warrant officer in the U.S. Army, a Vietnam War veteran and a member of the Canton Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Guccione started the Zen Do Kai martial arts club on campus that is still active today. In addition to continuing to practice and teach martial arts, he routinely teaches seminars on self-defense, weapons defense and legalities in self-defense.

Since his retirement, he has continued to teach for the St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus, volunteers regularly at the United Helpers Nursing home and works to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project. Guccione has authored academic work in the criminal justice field and magazine articles on scuba diving. He currently enjoys writing about martial arts.

He lives with his wife, Lisa, in Canton. He has three children, Lisa, Mara, and David, and several grandchildren.

 

About Honors Convocation

The College’s Honors Convocation is an annual formal ceremony designed to recognize students’ academic, civic and overall achievement. Each year, the ceremony is named after the most dedicated and revered faculty members of the College’s history. More than 160 students will receive awards and recognition at the 2014 Professor Emeritus David V. Guccione Honors Convocation.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Law Enforcement Academy Cadets Start Their Careers

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Cheryl Crayford of Heuvelton will be earning a diploma and a badge during her final week at SUNY Canton.

Crayford is one of several Law Enforcement Leadership students who opted to complete their senior-level internships as cadets in the David Sullivan/St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy.

“The 2009 academy graduating class included several students in the Law Enforcement Leadership and Criminal Justice programs,” said Academy Director and University Police Deputy Chief Steven L. Livernois. “By completing their cadet-level training while enrolled in courses, they have placed themselves in a prime position for employment immediately following graduation.”

Crayford is a sworn officer of the Canton Village Police Department and will be completing the field-training portion of her education with the department. She is the daughter of Debra Crayford and is a 2005 graduate of Heuvelton Central School.

Both the current students and traditional cadets will be honored at the Academy’s 14th commencement ceremony at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center’s Kingston Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Among the cadets to complete the law enforcement academy are:

  • Timothy A. Bacon of Massena is a sworn officer of the SUNY Canton University Police. The son of Ronald and Barbara Bacon of Massena, he is a 2003 graduate of Massena High School and a 2007 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Robert Barlow of Norfolk is a sworn officer of the Norfolk Police Department. The son of Richard and Nancy Barlow, he is a 2007 graduate of Norwood Norfolk Central High School and a 2009 graduate of SUNY Canton with an associate degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Michael Benedict Jr. of Akwesasne is a sworn officer of the St. Regis Tribal Police Department. The son of Michael and Leona Benedict of Akwesasne, he is a 1989 graduate of Salmon River Central School and a 1992 graduate of North Country Community College.
  • Ryan L. Bogardus of Gouverneur is a sworn officer of the Norwood Police Department. The son of Peter and Penny Borgardus of Fowler, he is a 1998 graduate of Gouverneur Central High School and a 2008 graduate of SUNY Canton with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Investigation.
  • Ross Carnie of Turin is a sworn officer of the Antwerp Police Department. The son of Robert and Mary Jane Carnie of Turin, he is a 2007 graduate of South Lewis High School and a 2009 graduate of SUNY Canton with an associate degree in Criminal Justice.
  • David Cotey of Norwood completed his pre-employment police basic training. The son of Charles and Ann Cotey of Norwood, he is a 2005 graduate of Norwood Norfolk Central High School and a dual graduate at SUNY Canton with a certificate in Motorsports and an associate degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Tandy Cyrus of Potsdam is a sworn officer of the Norfolk Police Department. The daughter of Joe and Janet Paul, she is a 1997 graduate of Parishville Hopkinton Central High School and is taking business courses at SUNY Canton.
  • Corbin Gates-Shult of Parishville is a sworn officer of the Norfolk Police Department. The son of Faye and step father Jeff Lamar and Keith and stepmother Sara Simon-Shult, he is a graduate of Parishville Hopkinton Central High School and a 2009 graduate of SUNY Canton with a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement Leadership.
  • Kristen Jacobs of Hogansburg is a sworn officer of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department. The daughter of Lisa Jacobs of Hogansburg and Charles Jacobs of Owego, she is a 2003 graduate of Tioga Central High School and a 2007 graduate of SUNY Potsdam with a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and Psychology.
  • David J. LeBeau of Ogdensburg is a sworn officer of the Ogdensburg City Police Department. The son of Mary Ellen Founier of Ogdensburg and David R, LeBeau of Lisbon, he is a 1994 graduate of Ogdensburg Free Academy.
  • Steven Lowell of Oneida is a sworn officer of Canastota Police Department. The son of John and Antoinette Lowell of Oneida, he is a 2005 graduate of Oneida High School and a 2009 graduate of SUNY Canton with a bachelor’s in Law Enforcement Leadership.
  • Mark Michaud of Norwood is a sworn officer of the SUNY Canton University Police. The son of Peter and Cynthia Michaud of Norfolk, he is a 1992 graduate of Norwood Norfolk High School and a 1994 graduate of SUNY Canton with an associate degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Julia A. Serviss of Gouverneur is a sworn officer of the St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Office. The daughter of Martin and Catherine Serviss of Gouverneur, she is a 2003 graduate of Gouverneur Central High School and a 2005 graduate of SUNY Canton with an associate degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Decota Thompson of Hogansburg is a sworn officer of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department. The son of Kim Loran and Charles Thompson of Hogansburg, he is a 1997 graduate from Salmon River Central High School and a 2008 graduate of St. Lawrence University with a bachelor’s in Marketing.

Cadets of the David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy complete over 700 hours of training over an 18-week period. During that time they engage in strenuous physical training, life-like scenarios, comprehensive lessons in ethics, and life saving techniques to prepare them for their duties as officers of the law.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College offers a four-day academic week allowing students greater flexibility for work, family, or other obligations. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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SUNY Canton Commends Law Enforcement Academy Graduates

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Nine students recently completed the rigorous and extensive training to become police officers through the David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton.

“Much like our academic programs, the Law Enforcement Academy has a tradition of graduating students who immediately start in their chosen careers,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “The majority of students graduating have already gained employment with area law enforcement agencies.”

Some students enroll as Academy cadets while taking college courses.

Bridget Benware

Such was the case of Bridget C. Benware of Saint Regis Falls, who earned her associate degree in Criminal Justice and her pre-employment certification from the Academy. Bridget is the daughter of James and Maureen Benware. She came to SUNY Canton to pursue a career as either a University Police Officer or a Village Police Officer in the North Country.

She was awarded with the Highest Academic Achievement Award at the Academy Commencement. Bridget is currently interviewing with several police agencies.

Other cadets who successfully completed the Law Enforcement Academy include:

Joshua David

Joshua M. David of Alexandria Bay has joined the Alexandria Bay Police Department. Joshua is the son of Randy David and Vickie Staie. He received the Outstanding Cadet award for Arrest Techniques and Defensive Tactics.


Bradley J. Frank

Bradley J. Frank of Massena has joined the Norwood Police Department. Bradley is the son of Richard and Betsy Frank. He has been a corrections officer for 25 years. Bradley was awarded the Academy Director’s 110 percent award.


Brian LaBarge

Brian J. LaBarge of Massena has joined the Massena Police Department. Brian is the son of Kevin and Denise LaBarge. He received his associate degree in Criminal Justice in 2003 and his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Investigation in 2005 from SUNY Canton.


Tammy LaPage

Tammy LaPage of Norwood has joined the SUNY Canton University Police Department. Tammy is the daughter of Stuart and Loretta LaPage. Tammy has an associate degree in Business Administration in 2003 from SUNY Canton and earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.


Kyle E. Martin

Kyle E. Martin of Massena completed his pre-employment training. Kyle is the son of Timothy and Ronda Martin.


Theresa L. McCargar

Theresa L. McCargar of West Stockholm (now residing in Hannawa Falls) has joined the Antwerp Police Department. Theresa is married to Shawn C. McCargar.


Brandon Strader

Brandon J. Strader of Heuvelton (now residing in Potsdam) has joined the Norwood Police Department. Strader is the son of Terry and Trudy Covey. He was awarded for Outstanding Marksmanship, Highest Physical Achievement, and received the David Sullivan Best Overall Cadet Award.


Bryan Zimmer

Bryan D. Zimmer of Canton has joined the Norfolk Police Department. Bryan is the son of David and Ann Zimmer. He also simultaneously graduated from SUNY Canton and the Law Enforcement Academy.

 

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton Police Academy Receives $15,000 Grant

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Academy ShieldThe SUNY Canton David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy received a $15,000 Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) grant to bolster police officers’ defensive training.

“The funds will be used to purchase equipment and provide instructors with live tactics simulation,” said Deputy Chief Steven L. Livernois. “By adding high-tech components to an officer’s arsenal of training, we hope to further enhance their decision-making skills, reaction and response times.”

According the DCJS, this grant will facilitate training that covers all aspects of a real force-on-force situation, from the psychological to the physical; simulated weapons that act and feel like the firearms officers use every day will be used during the training. Also, instructors will learn how to develop training scenarios that are based on situations that officers are likely to encounter on the job, in their communities.

Nationwide, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 186 officers died in the line of duty in 2007, compared to 144 in 2006. Of those, 69 were shot to death, a 33 percent increase over 2006. And in New York State, 12 law enforcement officers were killed, five more than in 2006. “The grant was awarded to help decrease the number of officers shot in the line of duty,” Livernois pointed out.

As part of the grant, firearms and defensive tactics instructors at the Academy will attend a week-long training in April at the New York State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany in preparation to teach cadets and active officers locally.

Every year academy cadets receive extensive force-on-force training and many local law enforcement agencies utilize the college’s equipment and facilities for in-service training.

Typically, the Academy trains as many as 25 North Country police officers a year. “A very large percentage of our area law enforcement professionals have received training, and in many cases their education, through SUNY Canton,” Livernois said.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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