SUNY Canton Law Enforcement Academy Celebrates Graduates
Following six months of intensive training, seven students have completed the St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy. Most of the graduates are beginning careers with area police agencies.
“You can expect a difficult and very rewarding career ahead,” said Academy Director Joseph W. Brown at an in-person graduation ceremony. “You will encounter people at their most difficult times and people that are proud and appreciate what you do every day. Represent your profession with honesty and integrity. Treat people with dignity and respect.”
It was the 25th year SUNY Canton held the exclusive academy, which allows cadets to enroll under sponsorship from police agencies. SUNY Canton students can also participate in pre-employment training while completing their degrees in the Criminal Justice related programs.
Class President Breanne A. Sapp spoke about the experience of completing the academy and the camaraderie that formed between the cadets. She said each of her classmates taught her something over the course of the semester.
“In the last 26 weeks, we were pushed past a point any of us knew,” Sapp said. “We were taught by instructors from all over this county who wanted nothing but to see us succeed. They pushed us every day.”
Sapp, who is from Potsdam, was hired by the Oswego Police Department. She received awards for defensive tactics and emergency vehicle operations.
In addition to Sapp, the following students completed their academy training:
- Brett Anderson completed his pre-employment training as a SUNY Canton Law Enforcement Leadership student.
- Hunter C. Birchenough became an officer for the Gouverneur Village Police Department. Birchenough earned the David Sullivan Award as the best overall student.
- Patrick R. Chapman became a deputy for the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. Chapman earned the academy director’s 110% award.
- James A. Gibson became an officer for the Norfolk Village Police Department. Gibson earned both the physical training award and the academic award.
- Timothy J. Jenkins became an officer for the Potsdam Village Police Department. Jenkins earned the top shot award for firearms accuracy.
- Brian Waite became an officer with the Ogdensburg City Police Department.
About the Law Enforcement Academy
Hosted at SUNY Canton, the St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy is sponsored by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and offered through the college’s Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cyber Security. Quality instruction is provided by area police officers. The college has offered the New York State Basic Course for Police Officers since 1996. The academy is accredited by the New York State Bureau for Municipal Police and is one of six in the state to be approved by the Department of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Public Safety. It is named in honor of the late Canton Village Chief of Police, David Sullivan. His family remains active with the academy.
As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.