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Municipal Police Academy to graduate 26 cadets

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 10:30am

The Mercyhurst North East Municipal Police Training Academy will graduate 26 cadets earning Act 120 certification on Friday, Dec. 15, during an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Michele and Tom Ridge Health and Safety Building on the North East campus.

Duncan E. McGill, dean of the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences, will address the graduating class.

The police training academy, headed by Bill Hale, is one of only 16 certified academies in the state where individuals can earn Act 120 certification, 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.