By Erin Wood
Lake Region State College, in cooperation with Grand Forks area law enforcement, will graduate 16 students from its Grand Forks Academy August 20th. Another 27 students will graduate August 21st from a Fargo academy run by LRSC in cooperation with Fargo area law enforcement.
Graduation ceremonies for Grand Forks students is at 11:00 am August 20th at Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks with the Fargo graduation ceremonies taking place at 11:00 am August 21st in Festival Concert Hall at NDSU.
The 14-week academies started in May.
The Peace Officer Training Program is a one-semester basic police academy that results in license eligibility for program graduates. Unlike traditional college criminal justice programs, graduates are immediately hirable by law enforcement agencies as the students have completed all necessary training to obtain a peace officer license in North Dakota.
Lake Region State College began training police officers in 1987. Since that time, the college has produced more than 1,300 license-eligible graduates that have been hired by 116 different North Dakota law enforcement agencies.
The college has conducted a summer academy in Fargo since 2002 and Grand Forks academy since in 2010. The college also has launched an academy in Bismarck starting this fall. Lake Region State College also offers its peace officer training program in Devils Lake each fall and in Minot each spring.