By Erin WoodRegistrations still are being accepted for the Minot Police Academy which begins on January 21st.
The Minot academy location gives Lake Region State College the opportunity to provide a needed educational service for western North Dakota in a flexible and accessible manner. Delivering the program from Minot is made possible by a partnership between the Ward County Sheriff’s Office, Minot Police Department, Minot State University, and Devils Lake-based Lake Region State College.
The Peace Officer Training Program is a one-semester ND Peace Officer Standards and Training-approved basic academy that has trained approximately 1,400 license eligible graduates since 1987. A law enforcement partnership similar to this one was forged with the Grand Forks Police Department in 2010 and the Fargo Police Department in 2002.
Lake Region State College also is collaborating with the Criminal Justice Department at Minot State University so that Criminal Justice majors at the university will have the opportunity to complete this training as part of their bachelor degree plan
“The program has an almost perfect employment rate for students that actively pursue a position after graduation,” said Lloyd Halvorson, vice president for Academic Affairs at LRSC. “If the graduate is willing to go to where the openings are, all of them will be afforded the opportunity to work as a full-time police officer or deputy sheriff in North Dakota.”
Those interested in attending the Minot academy should contact LRSC’s peace officer training program at (701) 662-1683 or by email to Jennifer.Jenssen@lrsc.edu.