On Thursday, December 1, 2016, two police recruits became officers when they graduated from the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy’s Basic Academy.
A total of 20 people from five location departments graduated from the 141st Law Enforcement Basic class. The Winchester Police Department had two graduates, Connor Molloy and Mark Fischer.
The 19-week academy included everything from community policing to use of force training. Winchester Police Sgt. Adam Orndorff was chosen by the class to be the guest speaker. He stressed to the new officers the importance of being courageous and leading my example.
The officers completed multiple written and skills tests during the academy. Officer Fischer received 2nd place for academics, which included testing on courses such as constitutional law, drug identification, and crime prevention. His scores placed him 3rd overall in the class with a combination of academic and skills testing, which included topics such as firearms, driving, and defensive tactics.
Officers Fischer and Molloy will start a 12-week Field Training this weekend.