Welcome PO Academy 16

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A new group of officers is now on the job in four probation and parole districts in Idaho.

The 11 graduates of Probation and Parole Academy 16 took the Oath of Honor Oct. 4, 2013 at the Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy in Meridian.

Probation and Parole District 7 manager Russ Wheatley Sr. delivered the graduation address.

He urged the graduates to look beyond meeting their supervision standards and try to make a difference in the lives of other people.

"I urge all of you to do well by doing good," Wheatley said. "Don't just be good probation and parole officers, be good people. After all, isn't that what "Do no Harm" really means?"

The academy's class president, Desirae F. Howell, told humorous anecdotes about each of her 10 classmates and herself in her graduation remarks. She ended by reciting a quote which she says is displayed on a plaque at the St. Charles City Police Department.

The quote reads "Wisdom is knowing the right path to take.  Integrity is taking it."

"May you choose the path that brings honor to your badge, department, family and to this kickin' (sic) profession we are in," Howell said. "Remember, 'Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.'"


Story published: 10/08/2013

Awards and recognition

Class president - Desirae F. Howell

Class vice president - Clinton A. Blettner

Sharpshooter - Clinton A. Blettner

Marksman - Travis J. Mayer

Fitness Excellence award - Clinton A. Blettner

Most Improved Fitness award - Stephen J. Stewart

Tactical Edge award - Rene Garcia Jr.

Top Student award - Travis J. Mayer

Probation and Parole Academy 16

Class motto: "Example is not the main thing in influencing others.  It is the only thing."

Class roster:

Clinton A. Blettner - District1
Todd D. Carroll - District 1
Matthew J. Gambrell - District 4
Rene Garcia Jr. - District 3
Michael E. Haynes - District 4
Desirae F. Howell - District 7
Travis J. Mayer - District 4
Daniel D. Mettie - District 4
Andrew J. Pease - District 4
Lori D. Rawson - District 1
Stephen J. Stewart - District 7

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