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Minot Peace Officer graduation May 1

By   Dana Zinke

A group of 19 students will be newly graduated peace officers ready to join the workforce in North Dakota.

Graduation ceremonies will be held Friday, May 1, at 2:00 p.m. at the Minot State University Student Union Conference Center. This is the 75th class to complete the peace officer training program through Lake Region State College. This is the fourth time the 14-week academy has been delivered in Minot.

“The increased 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 the Ward County Sheriff’s Office, Minot Police Department, Minot State University, and LRSC. 

Of the 19 students graduating, 13 of them already have jobs lined up after graduation working in Minot, Belcourt, Ward County, Renville County, and Williams County. The other 6 students have applied for positions in other parts of the state. As areas of the state grow in population and long-time personal approach retirement, there are many career opportunities for these graduates. 

There are also seven students in the program that are collaborative with Minot State University. 

“The relationship we have built with Minot is great and we look forward to this continuing in the future,” says Maritato. 

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.

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.