By Erin Wood
A group of 19 newly graduated peace officers will be ready to support law enforcement needs in North Dakota.
Graduation ceremonies will be held Thursday, May 1, at 11:00 am in the Minot State University Student Union Conference Center. This is class 70 of Devils Lake–based Lake Region State College’s Peace Officer Training Program. The 14-week academy was delivered for the third time in Minot.
The need for law enforcement in western North Dakota prompted the academy to relocate to Minot during the spring semester, said John Maritato, director of the Peace Officer Training Program. The program is a partnership between Ward County Sheriff’s Office, Minot Police Department, Minot State University, and LRSC.
Offering the POST-certified academy throughout the state means LRSC is fulfilling its mission of filling an industry and employer need in the state. Lake Region State College is the only college in the state of North Dakota authorized to deliver the North Dakota POST Board approved police academy. Successful completion of the program allows graduates to become licensable as peace officers in ND.
Many law enforcement career opportunities currently are available throughout North Dakota. Since 1987 Lake Region State College has graduated more than 1,300 students from the Peace Officer Training program with a 100 percent employment rate for those graduates that actively sought employment as police officers or deputy sheriffs in the State of North Dakota. Instructors for the Peace Officer Training program include more than 40 law enforcement professionals from 16 different law enforcement agencies in ND.
Besides offering its peace officer program in Devils Lake, LRSC offers its one-semester peace officer training program as a summer academy in Fargo and Grand Forks. The Fargo academy has operated since 2002 with the cooperation of the Fargo Police Department and Cass County Sheriff’s Department. The Grand Forks academy started in 2010 and is a partnership between LRSC and the Grand Forks Police Department.