Center for Public Safety plans Open House

Careers in law enforcement, firefighting, criminal justice and other public safety professions are on the rise, and the Mercyhurst College Center for Public Safety (CPS) is quickly becoming a regional force in preparing individuals to serve in this field. 

Learn more about all that the Center for Public Safety has to offer at an Open House on Wednesday, April 18, from 6-7:30 p.m., at the Michele and Tom Ridge Health and Safety Building on the campus of Mercyhurst North East, 16 W. Division St., North East. 

“We’re the primary provider of public safety education, training and technical assistance for this region of the country,” said Dr. Art Amann, director of the Center for Public Safety. “There are other places you can get a degree in criminal justice, but there’s no other institution in the area that offers the array of services that we offer.”

The Center for Public Safety, headquartered at Mercyhurst North East, was formed in August 2006 as a way to provide “one-stop shopping” for the education and training of public safety professionals. 

Under the CPS, an associate degree in criminal justice is offered at Mercyhurst North East, with a concentration in law enforcement, as well as a new concentration in crime and intelligence analysis. 

Also at MNE is the Municipal Police Training Academy, a twenty-week training course that prepares individuals to receive Act 120 certification, required to become a municipal police officer in Pennsylvania. 

CPS also offers training in fire investigation and firefighting procedures, corrections training for individuals working in correctional institutions, Act 235 lethal weapons training for individuals required to carry a firearm as a condition of employment, and Act 180 in-service police training for current law enforcement officer. 

Further, CPS provides technical assistance and training in emergency preparedness procedures to local public safety entities through its Public Safety Institute. 

Representatives from all of these programs, as well as several public safety professionals, will be on-hand at the Open House to provide information and answer questions. 

In addition, MNE staff will be available to answer questions about the admissions process, applying for financial aid, and other information about the campus. 

For more information, call the Mercyhurst North East Admissions Office at (814) 725-6144.

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