Mercyhurst to graduate 30 police cadets


A class of 30 cadets will receive certificates for completion of Act 120 training Friday, June 20, at graduation ceremonies for the Mercyhurst Municipal Police Training Academy. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in the Great Room of 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 Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers.

The 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 23-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.

Cadets also benefit from the newly established Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Police Testing Consortium (NWPAR), which helps streamline the employment eligibility process by offering a standardized written and physical assessment test. The master list of qualified candidates is made available to all participating law enforcement and corrections agencies in the region.

Seats are still available for the next Police Training Academy session, which begins in July 2014.

For more information, call 814.725.6121.


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