NMC-DPS collaboration results in 14 new Tinian police officers


Acting Northern Marianas College president Frankie Eliptico shares a few words during the Department of Public Safety graduation over the weekend after a coordinated effort between the two yielded 14 police academy graduates. (Contributed Photo)

A partnership between the Northern Marianas College and the Department of Public Safety—their third thus far—has resulted in 14 new graduates in the Police Academy training program.

The new batch of cops is composed entirely of cadets from Tinian.

The graduation ceremony over the weekend was held on Tinian’s Kammer Beach.

“The cadets’ training included academic and hands-on training in areas such as constitutional law, report writing, and officer survivor skills,” interim NMC president Frankie Eliptico told Saipan Tribune, adding that the new police officers also earned 39 college credits. He encouraged the officers to sustain the momentum of the 39 college credits and work toward a college degree.

“Earning a college degree, just like graduating from the police academy, is something no one can ever take away from you,” Eliptico said. “It is an accomplishment that will open more doors for you at DPS and within your chosen career as a public servant.”

Of the 14 fresh graduates, Ringo C. Reyes was named class valedictorian. He was also presented with the Top Gun Award, while Jacklyn U. Sanchez was named class salutatorian.

According to Eliptico, this was the third collaboration between DPS and NMC. He acknowledged the aid of DPS Commissioner Robert Guerrero, DPS resident director for Tinian Matthew Masga, and Lt. Arnold Seman.

Eliptico also recognized NMC’s criminal justice coordinator Zerlyn Taimanao and NMC instructor Joe Taijeron.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.
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