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UPD Officers Recognized

January 26, 2009



From left, officers Johanna Fitch, Aaron Cady, and Nicholas Sidoti.

From left, UPD officers Johanna Fitch, Aaron Cady, and Nicholas Sidoti. (Photo, courtesy of UPD)

Three new police University Police Officers recently finished six months of training at the regional police academy, learning about everything from first aid and DWI enforcement to defensive tactics and the law.

University Police Department (UPD) officers Johanna Fitch, Aaron Cady, and Nicholas Sidoti completed the training. All three joined UPD in 2007.

Since 1999, UPD has sent its officers to the academy known as the Zone Five Regional Law Enforcement Academy for training. The basic course ran from July 16 through Jan. 8, the date of graduation ceremonies.

"We are proud to say that these University at Albany Police Officers performed in an outstanding manner," said Chief J. Frank Wiley. "We believe that our greatest asset is our people. These officers distinguished themselves individually and brought recognition to UPD and its members."

University Police Officer Fitch graduated first overall academically. Sidoti ranked second overall academically. Cady achieved the best overall score during firearms qualifications and ranked first overall in the academy in this category. All three were recognized during the ceremony.

UPD is dedicated to providing outstanding service in keeping with its motto of "Community, Professionalism, Excellence," as it works to maintain and improve the safety and security of the University at Albany.

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