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MNE police academy to graduate 20 cadets

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Mercyhurst North East Municipal Police Training Academy will graduate 20 cadets who have completed their Act 120 training on Friday, Dec. 18, during an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Michele and Tom Ridge Health and Safety Building on the North East campus.

Mercyhurst University President Michael T. Victor will address the graduating class. “I don’t think anyone other than those who have been through the rigors of our police academy can appreciate its intensity: the challenging classroom work, the grueling field work and the demanding skills training,” Victor said. “In all, we’re talking in excess of 850 hours of training in 23 weeks. That is quite an accomplishment and I look forward to congratulating each and every one of our new graduates.”

The police training academy, headed by Bill Hale, is one of only 16 certified academies in the state where individuals can complete Act 120 training, required for many law enforcement jobs, including municipal police work. During training, cadets learn patrol and arrest procedures, Pennsylvania laws, defense tactics, criminal investigation and courtroom procedures, crisis management, report writing, and also receive training in firearms, first aid and CPR, Hale said.

Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions as police officers, deputy sheriffs, municipal authority officers, park rangers and security guards. Cadets can also obtain 16 college credits, which may apply toward a two-year degree program in criminal justice at Mercyhurst North East.

Graduates include: Youssif H. Almusawi, Matthew R. Anderson, Michael J. Attalla, Travis A. Combine, Zachariah J. Erdman, Brock M. Grice, Leigh A. Heberling, Yi-Yu Hsieh, Jacob R. Johnson, Ismael Lopez, Alex R. Molina, Robert A. Morgenstern, Jacob A. Newara, Tyler S. Pickard, Joshua L. Polley, Val A. Rizzo, Dakota L. Shelley, John E. Turner III, Shelby J. Walters, and Brian J. Wisniewski.

Seats are still available for the next Police Training Academy session, which begins January 12, 2016.

For more information, call 814-725-6121.