Public Safety Institute Receives $321,000 in Grants

The NMU public safety institute, a division of public safety and police services, has received three grants totaling $321,000 to provide in-service training for Upper Peninsula law enforcement and county corrections officers. The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, or MCOLES, provided the funding through a competitive grant process. A total of $2.7 million was distributed.


Mike Bath, training director for the Public Safety Institute, said the bulk of the award $261,000 will be used for law enforcement in-service training. The remainder will be applied to an academy and advanced training for county jail corrections officers.


"The grant will cover instructor fees and supplies utilized to provide training to departments within our consortium, which covers 15 U.P. counties," Bath said. "A couple of years ago, MCOLES went to a consortium concept in awarding grants so that training would be offered to multiple departments within each consortium rather than training departments individually or requiring them to send people long distances for training. The only exceptions to this are the large law enforcement agencies in major cities like Detroit and the Michigan State Police."


The 2005 training schedule includes the following courses: advanced interview and interrogation technique, as well as specialized interview and interrogation courses related to street crimes and child abuse investigations; an 80-hour evidence technician school; legal updates offered in eight U.P. cities; evidence technician photography; advanced tactical handguns; and evidence technician update programs.


"We will also have advanced law enforcement update schools in Marquette," Bath added. "These will cover building searches, responding to armed students in schools, defensive tactics, precision driving, ethics, hazardous material update, CPR/AED, domestic violence update and felony stops. They conclude with an annual legal update.


Corrections training will take the form of two 160-hour academies. The curriculum will include booking and intake, custody and security, defensive tactics and prisoner behavior, among other topics. An advanced class will be offered to those who previously completed the 160-hour program, updating them on the subject areas covered in the initial training.


The courses offered through the Public Safety Institute allow participants to meet the requirements for either the advanced law enforcement or local corrections diploma program as part of the School of Technology and Applied Sciences.


In addition to in-service training, the NMU Public Safety Institute also operates a regional police academy with a 16-week curriculum sanctioned by MCOLES.



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