Pondolfino and Stanard live in the city of Oneonta, earned bachelor’s degrees from the State University College at Oneonta and have military experience.
Of 23 recruits who started the seven-month academy training, 14 graduated, the OPD release said. Officers received 960 hours of law enforcement training and instruction in topics such as firearms, fitness, emergency vehicle operation, first responder, legal studies, officer survival and many others.
Nayor, Brenner and Oneonta city manager Michael Long attended the graduation ceremony. Stanard was recognized as the most proficient in firearms qualifications and for his accomplishments, which included top qualifying scores and top academic scores.
Pondolfino earned recognition for top honors in physical fitness; he set a new police academy record in pushups by completing 312 pushups consecutively.