SUNY Canton Celebrates New North Country Law Enforcement Officers


In early January, cadets joined the St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy. After a semester of demanding and often intensive training, those students have now started their careers at area law enforcement agencies.

The 2019 graduating class of the St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton

Pictured is the 2019 graduating class of the St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton.

The Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton recently celebrated its 24thgraduation ceremony, recognizing a class of eight graduates.

“From this day forward, you will be addressed as law enforcement officers,” said Nathan Senick-Albanese, who was the class president. “Only a small portion of what you do will be enforcing the law. You will help people change flat tires by the side of the road. You will be heroes by performing those seemingly small acts benefiting the communities you serve.”


St. Lawrence County Sheriff, a new deputy, and Undersheriff stand together

Newest Deputy – Nathan Senick-Albanese became the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s newest deputy after graduating from the David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton. Pictured (l to r) are St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells, Senick-Albanese and Undersheriff Brooks J. Bigwarfe.

Senick-Albanese and his classmates thanked Academy Director Joseph Brown and the more than 70 law enforcement instructors who contributed to their experience. “The expert instruction provided by area agencies allowed us to grow into the professionals we are about to become,” he said.

At the graduation ceremony, cadets were sworn in as officers of their sponsoring agency.

Officers who graduated in the 2019 class include:

  • Leah M. Alestra became an officer at Norfolk Police Department. Alestra received the Director’s 110% award. 
  • Dylan M. Johnston became a deputy for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Andrew D. Layng became an officer at the Ogdensburg Police Department.
  • Lindsey M. Landphere became an officer at the Canton Police Department. Landphere received the best overall David Sullivan Award and a fitness award. 
  • Mason M. Maitland became a deputy at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Maitland won the Defensive Tactics Award. 
  • Joshua J. Rose became an officer at the Canton Police Department. Rose received the top shot award and the emergency vehicle operations course award. 
  • Nathan B. Sheen became an officer at Gouverneur Police Department.
  • Nathan Senick-Albanese became a deputy for the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. Senick-Albanese received the overall academic award. 

SUNY Canton’s law enforcement training includes two phases. The first phase provides pre-employment training that encompasses the skills required to become a police officer. Cadets complete courses in emergency medical services, community policing and defensive tactics. Those cadets who have been hired as a police officer can then complete phase two. Topics covered include police arrest techniques, firearms and counterterrorism training.

It is one of the few academies in New York State to offer comprehensive training specifically designed for North Country agencies. Students in law enforcement related programs can opt to take phase one of the training to meet their academic requirements.

The college recently released a David Sullivan Police Academy video highlighting some of the hands-on training cadets receive. For more information, please visit the Academy’s website.

SUNY Canton is also home to a summer corrections academy, which is currently in session.

About SUNY Canton

Discover SUNY Canton, where innovation meets opportunity. The college’s career-focused educational programs emphasize hands-on and applied learning opportunities in digital design, engineering technology, health, information technology, management, public service, and veterinary technology. Faculty members bring real-world experience and exceptional academic expertise to the classroom. As a leader in online education, SUNY Canton offers unmatched flexibility with hundreds of courses and 23 comprehensive degree programs offered completely online. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos compete at the NCAA Division III level and will be transitioning to the SUNYAC in Fall 2024. In addition to its 15 traditional teams, SUNY Canton offers coed varsity esports and cheerleading.