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Police Academy graduates 32 cadets

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 2:15pm

In an about-face, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Katerina Stafford of Crawford County will present her father Shawn Stafford with his diploma at the Mercyhurst University Municipal Police Training Academy graduation on Tuesday, July 3. 

While cadets often choose to have their diplomas presented by a family member in the military or law enforcement, it isn’t often that a daughter presents to her father.

Katerina Stafford was sworn in as a state trooper and assigned to Troop H, Harrisburg, a little over a year ago. Her father will receive his Act 120 certification at 11 a.m. in the Ridge Great Room at Mercyhurst North East. He will be joined by 31 other cadets.

Mercyhurst’s police academy 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.

Graduates are 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 be applied toward a two-year degree program in criminal justice at Mercyhurst North East.

Erie Police Chief Dan Spizarny will be guest speaker at the graduation.