Wade R. Book of DeSoto has graduated from the regional law enforcement training academy of Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC), Sioux City.

Book is serving with the De Soto Police Department and is a graduate of Kaplan University, Iowa.

The event was attended by advisory council members and local dignitaries as well as family and friends of the graduating officers. The guest speaker was District 3B Court Judge Jeffrey A. Neary.

Book is a member of the 18th group of police officers to graduate from WITCC’s regional law enforcement training academy. The group enrolled for classes on Feb. 6 for an eight-week training program. In order to graduate, the students had to demonstrate competency in 42 different subjects.

Before the creation of the academy at WITCC, individuals living in the western part of the state who wished to become police officers had to be hired by an Iowa law enforcement agency and then attend a 14-week structured Iowa Law Enforcement Academy training program at Camp Dodge, in Johnston, Iowa, near Des Moines.

The establishment of the academy at WITCC enables area officers to travel daily to college from home and obtain their necessary certification in only eight weeks.