DPD welcomes two new officers

Published 12:52 pm Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Demopolis will welcome two new police officers. Shown in the photo from left is Chief Alan Benefield, Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission; Chief Tommie Reese, Demopolis Police Department; Shawn Patrick Stapleton; Ronnie Lee Clarke; and Col. Hugh B. McCall, Alabama Department of Public Safety.

Demopolis Police Department’s new officers are Shawn Patrick Stapleton and Ronnie Lee Clarke.

These two Demopolis Police Department recruits were among 27 men and women who graduated Nov. 9 from the 145th session of the Alabama Police Academy in Selma.

This session’s recruits, representing 15 different agencies across the state of Alabama, completed the challenging program and participated in graduation exercises in the Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center’s new state-of-the-art auditorium on the campus of Wallace Community College Selma.

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A 12-week program designed to equip law enforcement recruits with the finest training possible, the Alabama Police Academy’s 145th session also included recruits from the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Daleville Police Department, Dothan Police Department, Evergreen Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Gardendale Police Department, Gurley Police Department, Houston County Sheriff’s Office, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, Luverne Police Department, Madison Police Department, Selma Police Department and Thomasville Police Department.