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Prescott Patrol Officer Eric Michaels (center) was among 24 graduates of the 2010 Law Enforcement Academy at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire on Nov. 19. He was congratulated for his achievement by fellow officers (left to right) Brian Trowbridge, Jeff Beltz, Steve Woodford and Chief of Police Mike R. Bondarenko. Submitted photo.

Prescott police officer graduates from CVTC

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PRESCOTT--Prescott Police Patrol Officer Eric P. Michaels was one of 24 graduates of the 2010 Law Enforcement Academy at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire on Nov. 19.

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Michaels successfully completed the rigorous 520-hour preparatory training program, including units on policing in America, criminal and traffic law, tactical skills and firearms, patrol procedures and investigations. He also completed 32 hours of scenario-based training demonstrating his incident response skills.

In addition, Michaels won two of the three special awards presented to the graduating class for meritorious achievement. He received both the firearms proficiency and emergency vehicle operation excellence awards. (It marked the second time in two years a Prescott police officer received the prestigious firearms proficiency award; Patrol Officer Jeff Beltz won it in 2009.)

"I am very proud of Officer Michaels, not only for graduating from the academy, but also for being chosen by his instructors for two of three merit awards presented to his class," said Chief of Police Mike R. Bondarenko, who attended the graduation ceremony with City Administrator Elizabeth Frueh and three other city police officers.

Michaels joined the police department in April 2010 and presently serves as a part-time patrol officer. He and his wife, Becky, live in Prescott.

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