Patrolman Jeremy Harter is police academy valedictorian

Goshen. Village of Goshen Patrolman Jeremy Harter graduated at the top of his class at the Orange County Police Academy, receiving awards for Excellence in Firearms and Excellence in Defensive Tactics, the Academy Director’s Overall Achievement award, and the Chief and Detective James Giery Foundation award.

17 Mar 2020 | 09:08

Village of Goshen Patrolman Jeremy M. Harter graduated from the Police Chiefs’ Association of Orange County Police Academy in a ceremony held March 6 at the Paramount Theater in Middletown.

His family, friends, and members of the Village of Goshen Police Department were in attendance to congratulate him.

Harter received an Excellence in Firearms award for being the “Top-Shot” in his class. He also received the Excellence in Defensive Tactics award, Academy Director’s Overall Achievement award, and the Chief and Detective James Giery Memorial Foundation award as the valedictorian of the academy class.

The intensive, five-month long, full-time academy curriculum consisted of physical and classroom training, emergency vehicle operation, first aid, firearms, taser and pepper spray, among other law enforcement-related topics.

Harter is a 2009 graduate of the S.S. Seward Institute in Florida, N.Y. He attended Orange County Community College and has previous experience as a corrections officer with the New York State Department of Correctional Services.

He was hired by the Village of Goshen Police Department and started the academy on Sept. 30, 2019. He will be assigned to three months of field training, after which he will assume patrol duties.

Guest speakers at the academy's graduation ceremony included Jim Gaglian, a retired FBI supervisory special agent and CNN law enforcement analyst, and Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus.