A class of 30 cadets will receive Act 120 certification Thursday, Dec. 12, at graduation ceremonies for the Mercyhurst North East Municipal Police Training Academy. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. in the Michele and Tom Ridge Health and Safety Building on the campus of Mercyhurst North East, 16 West Division St.
Awards will be presented to the most accomplished cadets. The commencement speaker will be Assistant U.S. Attorney Marshall Piccinini.
MNE’s Municipal Police Training Academy is one of only 16 certified academies in the state where individuals can receive their Act 120 training, required for many law enforcement jobs, including municipal police work. During the 21-week training, cadets learn patrol and arrest procedures, Pennsylvania laws, defensive tactics, criminal investigation and courtroom procedures, crisis management, report writing, and also receive training in firearms, first aid and CPR. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions as police officers, deputy sheriffs, municipal authority officers and park rangers.
Cadets can also obtain 16 college credits, which may apply toward an associate degree program in criminal justice at MNE.The next session begins in January 2014.
For more information about the Police Training Academy, call 814-725-6121.