Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 66th Class
The Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy graduated its 66th class during a ceremony held today at Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum.
Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh was the ceremony’s keynote speaker. Wydysh, during his 13-year tenure with the county, has prosecuted a wide range of court cases that include approximately 1,000 drug crimes, burglaries, armed robberies and murders. The Lewiston resident is a graduate of Cornell University and the University at Buffalo Law School.
“You’ve shown your determination, your strength and your courage by going into this program pre-employment – and that deserves respect,” Wydysh told the graduates. He noted that he had been in a similar situation, volunteering in the DA’s office for 10 months before he was hired.
Wydysh then imparted some words of wisdom on the graduates.
“Don’t ever forget that we’re the ‘good guys,’” he said. “You’re going to deal with people on the worst days of their lives and help them to start to pick up the pieces. It’s honorable. At its most basic element, your job is to do the right thing. Not every job is like that. Your job is to help others, to put their interests before yours. You are the ‘good guys.’”