Mesquite, TX – February 24, 2021 – On Feb. 19, five new Mesquite Police Officers graduated from the Mesquite Police Department’s (MPD) Basic Peace Officer Course (BPOC). This is the 14th graduation class to complete the internal training program. The MPD has graduated 92 recruits from its BPOC since the training academy began in 2013. According the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement website, there are 2,778 agencies, and only 115 with their own academies, including the MPD BPOC.
The graduates are Daniel “Colby” Trinkle - Stephenville, Texas; Anthony Arredondo-Chavez - Mesquite, Texas; Nigel R. Williams -Mesquite, Texas; Tristin W. Jones - Irving, Texas; and Nigel D. Lee - Rockland County, New York.
The recruits in the graduating class have diverse backgrounds. They range in age from 23 to 48. Anthony Chavez graduated from Horn High School in 2015. Daniel Trinkle graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Jusice from Tarleton State University. Tristin Jones served in the U.S. Marine Corp. for four years. Nigel Williams served in the U.S. Air Force and worked on spy planes. Nigel Lee is retired from the New York Police Department where he was on the mounted unit, K-9 unit and the bomb squad.
The five new police officers completed 25 weeks of the BPOC program. They now will begin a 17-week field training program. Upon successful completion of the program, the police officers will be assigned to patrol duties.