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with its largest class on record of 49, got a rare training opportunity
during President Bush’s visit to Marquette.
Many of the cadets assisted other law enforcement agencies with
crowd and traffic control at Sawyer
in the City of Marquette,
and at the Superior Dome.
had another surprise assignment last year with the flood,” said
Mike Bath (Public Safety and Police Services).
“When they shut down the north side of Marquette,
we posted cadets at road intersections to help keep people out and
made sense to have them help out, especially since we couldn’t meet
in Jacobetti because it was closed during the flooding. It’s nice
to be able to give them some different training experience as opportunities
come up and a president coming to town is about as big as it gets
to Ken Chant (Public Safety and Police Services),
the academy was established in the early 1970s, when it became a
requirement in Michigan
that police officers be certified. The training was first offered
by the Division of Continuing Education and shifted to the Department
of Criminal Justice later that decade. In the early 1980s, the academy
was switched to a “track program,” which was discontinued in the
early 90s. Chant said the Public Safety Institute received permission
from the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards to re-establish
the Regional Police
in 1995. The 16-week session
is offered each May, allowing applicants to complete 12 credits
toward an associate degree in law enforcement.
a state requirement that you have an associate degree after completion
of the academy,” Bath
said. “Most of our cadets are putting themselves through the academy
this way. There are two other ways to get in. One is through a military
waiver. If you serve in the military police for any branch of the
service for at least a year, it waives the education requirement.
The other way is to be sponsored by an agency that has hired you
and pays your way to the academy as well as a wage while you’re
here. That’s pretty rare – only three of the current cadets fit
program provides more than 800 hours of training, which exceeds
the 562 hours mandated by the state. It covers topics such as legal
aspects, patrol procedures, defensive tactics, firearms, precision
driving, first aid/CPR, investigations, and crime scene preservation.
also add 40 hours of scenario-based training where we use actors
to demonstrate various situations they might encounter on the job,”
added. “It might be a domestic violence incident, a bar argument
or a drunk-driving traffic stop. We have almost 50 instructors involved.
They range from prosecutors, judges, lawyers and current and retired
law enforcement officers to defense attorneys who grill recruits
on the stand in a mock trial. The idea is to throw as many real-life
situations at them as we can. You have to engage the recruits by
providing ‘hands-on’ training. The ability to provide training that
applies the book work portion of the academy is critical.”
who complete the program are “certifiable” in most states. In this
case, the word has a positive connotation. It means that the hiring
department activates a graduate’s certification. When officers move,
they are recertified by their new departments.
said the nearest regional police
academy that similarly caters to pre-service individuals is at Kirkland
College in Roscommon.
universities offer a track program as part of a four-year degree.
There are six of those left. Otherwise, the Michigan State Police,
City of Detroit Police
and the DNR each run their own academies and hire exclusively from
2004 class of the NMU Police
will graduate Aug. 20.