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Contact: Andrea B. Imms

Public Relations

Office: (504) 712-2244    

April 23, 2010


Fifth KPD P.O.S.T. Academy class

to graduate in May

KENNER ó Kenner Police Chief Steve Caraway is proud to announce that the Kenner Police Departmentís fifth Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Academy class will graduate on Friday, May 7, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Heritage Hall, 303 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA.  The academy began January 25, 2010.  The graduates are as follows:  

Officer Jamon Green, Officer F. David Gross, Officer John Halder, Officer Nicholas Hoffmann, Officer Todd McConnell, Officer Steven McKee, Officer Emile C. Sanchez, Officer Brian Saucier, Correctional Peace Officer Byron Schilling, Officer John Sharai, Jr., Officer Antonio Villarreal

Applicants accepted into the academy have successfully completed a complex and stringent hiring process, which includes passing an extensive background investigation, psychological exams, physical fitness assessment and final selection through an oral Administrative Review Board process. 


Students in the academy must abide by strict codes of discipline while they receive over 500 hours of training in various aspects of police work, such as legal issues, first aid, firearms, investigations, traffic services, patrol practices, report writing, community relations, self-defense tactics, physical training and defensive driving.  P.O.S.T. requires a minimum of 360 hours of instruction.


Upon graduation, officers will be P.O.S.T. certified, meaning that they have taken and passed the P.O.S.T. exam and have sufficiently completed the basic training requirements.  Louisiana law requires all police officers to be P.O.S.T. certified within one year of being hired.  Upon completing the basic academy, new Kenner Police Officers must also successfully complete a 15-week field training program, working with a veteran police officer in the KPD Patrol Division.