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Peace officer graduation Dec. 18

By   Erin Wood

The 73rd graduating peace officer training class at Lake Region State College will bring two dozen peace officers to the law enforcement workforce.  

Graduation ceremonies for the 24 peace officer students will be held Dec. 18 at 1:00 pm in LRSC’s Robert Fawcett Auditorium.  The students who trained at LRSC this fall join other graduates who trained at LRSC peace officer academies in Bismarck, Minot, Grand Forks, and Fargo. 

“LRSC is fulfilling its mission of filling an industry and employer need in the state,” said Johnathan Maritato, director of LRSC’s peace officer training program. 

Healthy enrollments were reported in all academies this year.  Lake Region State College offers its one-semester peace officer training program in Devils Lake and Bismarck each fall, in Minot each spring, and summer academies in Fargo and Grand Forks.  The offsite academies are a reality because of partnerships with regional law enforcement agencies and universities. 

The increase in students attending the peace officer training academy is reflective of the strong need for law enforcement personnel throughout the state.  The addition of law enforcement staff to many city and county offices has created high job demand. 

“Many law enforcement career opportunities currently are available in North Dakota as areas of the state grow in population and long-time personnel near retirement,” Maritato said.

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. Instructors for the Peace Officer Training program include more than 40 law enforcement professionals from 16 different law enforcement agencies in ND.