31 Jul 2017
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
ARNOLD Fitial Seman Jr., 19, is the Department of Public Safety 22nd Cycle Police Academy valedictorian. Seman also received the Leadership Award.
He said the training was hard. “We are now ready, but our drill sergeant told us that we will be receiving more training,” he said in an interview. “They trained us well, and they have trust in us,” he added.
His parents are Arnold and June Seman.
Seman Jr.’s father is also a police officer stationed at the Koban in Garapan. He, too, received the Leadership Award when he graduated from the police academy.
This year’s valedictorian is a recent graduate of Marianas High School.
The salutatorian is Vinnie Inos Saures while the Top Gun Award went to Nuke Jacob Manglona.
Twenty-eight cadets graduated from the police academy on Friday, during a ceremony held in Royal Taga Hall at the Saipan World Resort at 2 p.m.
The other graduates are: Anthony David Santos, Manuel Camacho, Eugene Dillay, Eugene Masga, Edward Hocog, Kobe Jordan Tomokane, Mark Mapeso, Toytoy Jaime Santos, Ernest Sablan Jr., Jamie C. Omengkar, Joylee Martie T. Sakisat, Aerrol Jean Castro, Henry Manglona, Denny Lee Jepen, Peter Cepeda, David Anthony Hosono, Lucio Sanchez, Esteven Sablan, Edward Cepeda Jr., Fidel Anton Manglona, Harvey Toves Atalig Jr., Jesse Peter Sablan, Eric Garette Flores, Jay Lee Laniyo, and Virolanson Secharmidel.
In his remarks, DPS Commissioner Robert Guerrero said “these fine young men and women faced mental and physical challenges throughout this academy, and they have proven themselves worthy of becoming police officers.”
He added, “A career in law enforcement is hardly, if ever, at the top of most people’s list, but one must understand and appreciate the importance of the job, and be willing to make sacrifices,” he told the graduates.
But “you cannot do it alone; it’s also going to require positive support from your loved ones; they, too, must make sacrifices.”
Gov. Ralph Torres said the graduation celebrates “all the hard work you have done, and it is also for your family who made sacrifices for you.”
Torres said “the more officers we have out there in the community the better we are.”
At 10 a.m. on Friday, in Courtroom 220A at the House of Justice the new police officers were sworn in by Superior Court Judge Joseph N. Camacho who reminded them that it is their duty to serve the people and to support and defend the Constitution and laws.
“If you are ever in doubt where your loyalties should be — remember the oath you took today,” the judge said.
As police officers, he added, “you must have integrity and character. Integrity means being honest. Don’t lie, don’t cheat, and don’t steal. Character means doing the right thing even if there’s no one around.”
Camacho said the oath is not a job application. “You are a police officer 24 hours, seven days a week, all year long,” he added.
“Hold yourself to a high standard, on-duty and off-duty, in your professional capacity and in your professional life.
“When you take this oath, you are making a choice. This oath asks something from you. It asks you to support and defend the rights and laws of the people.”
The judge noted that there are crimes committed by some law enforcement officers themselves.
“Look at the faces of your families and friends,” he told the new officers. “Do not abuse or misuse your position — do not bring shame to yourself, your uniform and badge.”
Jaime C. Omengkar, one of the two female members of the 22nd Cycle, said she was happy about graduating from the academy.
She said she wanted to become a police officer because her sister is with the corrections department while her brother is with the fire department.
She is a graduate of Northern Marianas College where she received a degree in liberal arts.
Omengkar is the daughter of Mariana and Mariano Omengkar of Tinian.
Omengkar’s mother told Variety that she was hesitant at first about the career choice of her daughter. “But this is what she decided, and as parents we support whatever our children’s endeavors are.”
She said she is proud of her daughter. “It is a very challenging and demanding job, being a police officer — they have to be out there protecting the community.”
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/97307-arnold-seman-jr-is-police-academy-s-top-graduate