Welcome To The Force

By Haley Burton

October 20, 2011 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 1:25 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Fourteen graduates join the ranks of local law enforcement.

Broome County Sheriff's Law Enforcement Academy holds its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2011.

Family, friends and fellow officers and Sheriff's gathered at the Binghamton Riverwalk Hotel on Thursday for the ceremony.

Class of 2011
City of Binghamton Police Department
Police Officer Katie Brown
Police Officer Douglas Chavez, Class Assistant Platoon Leader
Police Officer Benjamin Conklin, Physical Fitness Award
*Set new academy record of 525 push ups
Police Officer Daniel Keller
Police Officer Alexander Legos-Williams
Police Officer Daniel Ostanek
Police Office Samuel Tombs, Platoon Leader Award and Top Gun Award
Police Officer Douglas Weeks

Chemung County Office of Sheriff
Deputy Sheriff Michael Theetge

Chenango County Office of Sheriff
Deputy Sheriff Brendan Palmatier
Deputy Sheriff Nathan Warner

Town of Colchester Police Department
Police Officer Christopher Erwin, Defense Tactics Award

Town of Norwich Police Department
Police Officer George Carnrike

Village of Johnson City Police Department
Police Officer Nicholas Crandall

The fourteen men and women will serve in six different agencies throughout the Southern Tier.

The new officers and deputies have spent the last 7 months in intense training. Matthew Cower is the Academy Director.

They were schooled in everything from K-9 training, tasers, officer survival, defense tactics and firearms.

"This is definitely something I've always wanted to do. It's exciting. I've had dreams of this since I was a kid and it's good to see it happen," said Christopher Erwin, Colchester Police Officer.

"Seven months is a long time. It's a long time, a lot to go through and it's a big accomplishment. I'm very proud of my entire class, as well as myself," said George Carnrike, Norwich Police Officer.

"I'm glad to be done with it. I'm looking forward to being back on the streets serving the community," said Samuel Tombs, City of Binghamton Police Officer.

The keynote speaker for the graduation was Allen Riley, Madison County Sheriff. Riley has been in law enforcement for thirty years.