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COD Public Safety Academy Basic Peace Officer Training Awards Ceremony  

The 24th COD-PSA Basic Peace Officer Training Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2012. The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences Auditorium, located in the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. The ceremony will be preceded by a formal cadet inspection in the Rotunda at 5:15 p.m.  

Approximately 50 Module II and III cadets will be receiving certificates for meeting the training requirements prescribed by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training for Level II and III-Reserve Peace Officers in the State of California.

The keynote speaker will be Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit. Welcoming remarks will be provided by COD President Dr. Joel Kinnamon. Cadet Rusty Harling will be providing remarks on behalf of Module III and Cadet Alan Heidrich will be providing remarks on behalf of Module II. Selected cadets will be recognized for their excellence in leadership, academics and marksmanship.

During the ceremony, Dr. Kinnamon will be presenting an award to Steven B. Quintanilla, Esquire, in recognition of his strong support of the students and staff of the College of the Desert and the Public Safety Academy.

Quintanilla (54) who is a Rancho Mirage attorney and a partner in the Law Firm of Green, de Bortnowsky & Quintanilla, agreed to work with the College on preparing its response to the Riverside County Grand Jury Report regarding the Public Safety Academy. Mr. Quintanilla and his firm represent numerous public agencies throughout California, but here in the Coachella Valley.

Mr. Quintanilla has lived full time in the Coachella Valley since 1996, and he has an outstanding reputation in the area of government ethics, he has worked with several law enforcement agencies throughout Southern California and he is very familiar with the important role the Grand Jury plays in government affairs.   

Mr. Quintanilla graciously offered his legal guidance and services on a pro bono basis so as not to take away any badly needed funds from the Academy or the College in general, which he believes is better spent on education. He is a devout believer in and booster of the state’s community college system and is committed to helping the College in any way he can.

A reception in the Rotunda will immediately follow the ceremony.  

Public Safety Academy Director Chris Madigan would like to extend an invitation to family and friends of the cadets as well as the COD Board of Trustees, COD faculty and staff.