POLICE ACADEMY CADETS GRADUATE OCT. 17

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POLICE ACADEMY CADETS GRADUATE OCT. 17

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Posted on October 4, 2017

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Police Academy Graduation
5 p.m. Oct. 17, 2017
Performance Center, inside the Natali Student Center

Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert will give the keynote address when the inaugural class graduates from California University of Pennsylvania’s full-time IUP Police Academy on Oct. 17.

Family members and friends are welcome to attend.

Cal U’s IUP Police Academy is certified by the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC), which sets certification and training standards for Pennsylvania’s municipal police officers.

The satellite program is offered in partnership with the Criminal Justice Training Center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Each of Cal U’s 16 graduating cadets has completed 760 hours of rigorous training to earn Act 120 Municipal Police Officer certification, which is required for employment as a police officer in Pennsylvania.

In addition to classroom instruction, the program includes active, applied learning in areas such as self-defense, defensive driving, use of firearms and non-lethal weapons, CPR, and first aid.

“Today’s police officer must be prepared to handle complicated and difficult situations,” says program coordinator Dr. Michael Hummel, a professor of criminal justice at Cal U and a part-time police officer.

“This program takes a community-oriented approach to policing. We stress procedural justice — treating people with dignity and respect — along with professionalism, communication, responsibility and accountability. We want intelligent police officers out there on the streets, serving our communities.”

Academic pathways

In addition to their Act 120 certification, police academy graduates are awarded 15 college credits that can be applied to California University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice or the new Cal U associate degree in applied policing and technology.

Both the bachelor’s and associate degree programs are available on campus or through Cal U Global Online.

Cal U also offers an online M.A. in Social Science: Applied Criminology and a Doctor of Criminal Justice.

Join the academy

Cal U is accepting applications now for its second IUP Police Academy class.

Pre-testing is required to enter the program, which has expanded to 920 hours to meet new MPOETC requirements.

Classes begin in January and meet from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays on the Cal U campus in California, Pa.

For more information about the police academy at Cal U, contact program coordinator Dr. Michael Hummel at hummel@calu.edu or assistant coordinator Dr. Christopher Wydra at wydra@calu.edu.

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