Twelve VC Law Enforcement graduates honored at ceremony

'This is a really good academy'
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Pictured are, front row from left, instructors Herb Tucker, former Victoria County Sheriff’s Office captain; James Martinez, Victoria College Law Enforcement Academy director; and Chris Carter, Victoria County Sheriff’s Office corporal. Graduates pictured are, second row from left, Aaron Baylor, Samantha Partida and Ryan Morales; third row, Ehklo Htoo, Tracey Moore and Paul Higdon; fourth row, Tyler Heller and Douglas Williams; and, back row, Jessie Kief, Ever Sanchez, Sampson Holt and Henry Ybarra.

VICTORIA, Texas – On May 26, 12 Law Enforcement Academy cadets, who graduated from Victoria College’s 98th Basic Peace Officer Certification class, were honored at a graduation ceremony at VC’s Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.

Class valedictorian was awarded to Paul Higdon of Victoria. Aaron Baylor of Victoria, grandson of John Baylor, was awarded the John Baylor Award for Outstanding Achievement, which is named in honor of the former Victoria Police Department officer. This award is given to the “most outstanding student” as selected by class instructors.

“This award means the world to me,” Aaron Baylor, 21, said with his grandfather standing beside him. “I’ll be lucky to become half the man my grandpa is.”

“I am as proud as I can be of him,” John Baylor said.

The Victoria Police Department has already hired Baylor.

“This is a really good academy,” Baylor said. “I feel confident after the training I have received. It was tough, but I think the stress they put on us is good stress. It prepares us for what we are about to face.”

Other graduates included Tyler Heller, Sampson Holt, Jessie Kief, Samantha Partida, Ever Sanchez, Douglas Williams and Henry Ybarra, all of Victoria; Ehklo Htoo of Port Lavaca; Tracy Moore of Gonzales; and Ryan Morales of Kenedy.

The 12 graduates passed the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) examination to become certified peace officers in the State of Texas. The majority of the students have been employed by a law enforcement agency.

There are two academies offered a year at VC – one during the fall semester and another during the spring semester. Both academies are held Monday through Friday with classes meeting anywhere between eight to 10 hours a day.

Call 361-573-3291 or email James.Martinez@VictoriaCollege.edu for more information on VC’s Law Enforcement Academy.