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Police academy graduates sworn in

June 05, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

The two dozen new graduates of the Western Maryland Police Academy on Thursday joined the ranks of the 500-plus officers who have been through the Hagerstown-based school since 1977.

Of those, 10 are new Hagerstown City Police officers.

The new officers, sworn in by Hagerstown Police Chief Dale Jones, are Corey Jay Borns, Charles Donald Coy III, Michelle Diahann Deavers, Douglas Lee Garner, Carl Brian Hook, Eric Daniel Knode, Angela Lynn Poole, David Lee Russell, Chad Franklin Woodring and Jason Todd Batistig.

Knode was tops in driving skills in the class, and Russell in firearms.

New Washington County sheriff's deputies are Gregory Scott Alton, Allen Bradley Creek, Mark Steven Weber and James Percy Clay, a 20-year veteran with police in New York.

Hancock Police Chief Donald Robert Gossage was a member of the graduating class, earning recertification for his current position.

Also graduating Thursday were Frederick County, Md., sheriff's deputies Laura Ann Esworthy, Thomas Adam Leone, Kevin Eugene Poole, Michael Joseph Sabol and Regis Anthony Secola; Garrett County Sheriff's Department employees Christian Emmett Helbig and Robert Adair Zimmerman; Carol Lea McIntosh of the Department of Natural Resources; and Douglas Felker of the Frostburg Police Department.

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Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III, a veteran instructor at the academy, said he enjoys teaching a course on criminal law.

"You are the new centurions," Boone said, referring to the Joseph Wambaugh book of the same name.

Class speaker Kevin Poole said he feels confident he can handle any situation on the job, thanks to what he learned at the academy.

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said he was proud of all the graduates and was pleased that 10 are new Hagerstown City Police officers.

"Work together, back each other up and remember I have zero tolerance for the drug trade," Bruchey said.

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