1st class completes sheriffs academy Sunday, April 10, 2005 By MICHAEL McAULIFFE [email protected] SPRINGFIELD - A first of its kind sheriffs academy graduated its initial class yesterday. The Western Massachusetts Regional Reserve Intermittent Police Academy had a class of 27 men and one woman from the sheriff's departments of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties that trained for tasks ranging from crowd control to drug task force work. "I just want to tell you class, you're No. 1. Nobody can take that away from you," said Hampshire County Sheriff Frederick B. Macdonald. Hampden County Sheriff Michael J. Ashe Jr. also addressed the graduates, who had friends and family looking on during the ceremony at the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center. "This is a great moment," Ashe said. Nicholas Cocchi, assistant deputy superintendent of training for the Hampden County Sheriff's Department, said the 21-week academy provided instruction in areas that "you don't get when you work behind the fences of a correctional environment." Cocchi oversaw operation of the academy and Alfred Ingham, a correctional officer with the Hampden County Sheriff's Department, was program manager. Jody P. Naglack of Palmer was the class president. "I feel great," the 26-year-old Naglack said after the ceremony. "I'm proud of my class. I'm proud of my accomplishments, my personal accomplishments." Lt. Katherine M. Sonsini of the Berkshire County Sheriff's Department was the only woman in the class. She said she simply took advantage of an opportunity provided by her sheriff, Carmen C. Massimiano Jr. "I think it just betters you as an individual," Sonsini said. The breakdown of the class members, by department, were: Hampden County Sheriff's Department, 9; Hampshire County Sheriff's Department, 1; Franklin County Sheriff's Department, 6; and Berkshire County Sheriff's Department, 12. Among those who attended the graduation was Chicopee Mayor Richard R. Goyette.