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Peace Officer graduation April 27

By   Erin Wood

Lake Region State College’s Minot peace officer training academy will hold its graduation ceremony April 27. 

The graduation program will take place at 11:00 am, Thursday, April 27 in the Ann Nicole Nelson Auditorium at Minot State University.

Many law enforcement career opportunities currently are available in North Dakota as long-time personnel near retirement, said program director John Maritato.

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 1,400 license-eligible graduates that have been hired by 116 different North Dakota law enforcement agencies.  Instructors for the program included more than 40 law enforcement professionals from 16 law enforcement agencies, including members of police departments, sheriff’s departments, the N.D. Highway Patrol, the N.D. Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the college’s faculty.

“The program has an almost 100 percent employment rate for graduates that actively pursue a position as a full-time police officer or deputy sheriff in North Dakota,” Maritato said.