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James Willock will head Kent State at Trumbull’s police academy

Beginning this fall, KSU at Trumbull’s police academy counts as college credit.
Jim Willock
James Willock (contributed photo)

WARREN — James Willock has been named Kent State University at Trumbull’s manager of the Public Safety and Police Academy program. 

Willock serves as chair of the Education Committee in the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. He last worked as police chief of the Mill Creek MetroParks Police Department, and previously served as curriculum chair of the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Advisory Board and as president of the Mahoning Valley Chiefs of Police Association.

“This is a great opportunity for me to help train the next generations of law enforcement professionals,” Willock said in a news release. “I want to make sure our cadets are ready and equipped to handle the ever-changing role of a law enforcement officer in society.” 

Willock has a master's degree in criminal justice law enforcement administration from Youngstown State University and has had professional training at the FBI National Academy, the Blue Courage Academy and the Police Executive Leadership College. He has been a certified law enforcement executive since 2007.  

“We are excited that Jim will be leading our police academy into the future,” Josna Neuman, interim assistant dean at Kent State University at Trumbull, said in the release. “He brings with him a tremendous amount of energy and expertise.” 

Beginning this fall, KSU at Trumbull’s police academy counts as college credit. Officers completing the academy or any other Ohio police officer training academy or Ohio State Highway Patrol training are eligible for up to 22 credit hours that can be applied toward the Criminology and Justice Studies degree. 

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