First Conklin Award presented to police academy cadet

On Dec. 15, the Rockland County Police Academy graduated 27 new police officers. During the ceremony, graduate Police Officer Jesse Smelly of teh NYS Palisades Interstate Park Police Department received the first Jason D. Conklin Memorial Award, which honors an outstanding cadet.

Conklin was  June graduate of RCPA.  He died in the line of duty on Aug 21, in Tuxedo Park.

The award, established by Village of Suffern Officer Edward Dolan, a fellow classmate and friend of Conklin's, recognizes a recruit with qualities that emulate much of what was loved about Jason, according to a press release.  The recruit should : 

These are some of the trats Conklin possessed while in the academy, Dolan said.