LEWISTON - Seventeen new law enforcement officers are expected to graduate when the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy holds its 63rd graduation ceremony at noon Wednesday in Niagara University's Castellani Art Museum.

New York State Assemblyman Angelo Morinello, R-Niagara Falls, will serve as the keynote speaker. Morinello, a retired Niagara Falls City Court judge, was elected to his first term in the State Assembly in November.

Other graduation speakers will include Debra Colley, vice president of Niagara University, and Talon Zuchlewski, president of the academy's graduating class.

The Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy was founded in 1973 to train new officers for police agencies in Niagara County, but has since grown to assist law enforcement departments in Erie, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming and Livingston counties as well.

Niagara University is the only four-year, private college in New York to host a full-time police academy.

 

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