Grand Forks Peace Officer Graduation August 19

Close to 30 students will graduate ready to take positions within the North Dakota law enforcement community.

With instruction complete, the 27 students will participate in a ceremony with limited guests Wednesday, August 19th at 11:00 am in the Empire Arts Center. 

Each summer, Lake Region State College delivers its Peace Officer Training program in Grand Forks along with fall session on main campus in Devils Lake and a spring session at Minot State University.

This summer’s academy ran with a North Dakota Smart, COVID-19 safe protocol in place. Running the academy was a necessity as the need for peace officers continues to grow and the program responded by putting in COVID-smart measures. 

“The students took the COVID protocol seriously to ensure a face-to-face, hands-on academy. They knew it was important to finish on time and provide a steady employee pool for the law enforcement community,” said Lt. John Maritato, director of LRSC’s Peace Officer Training program. 

Ten of the 27 graduates have accepted positions already, Maritato said.

Lake Region State College began training peace officers in 1987 and has graduated around 2,000 license eligible students since that time.