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KSU at Trumbull police academy graduates first academic class

KSU at Trumbull had operated the police academy as a noncredit training program for more than 15 years.
KSU at Trumbull police academy graduates
From left are James Willock, director of Public Safety Training and Police Academy at Kent State University at Trumbull, and graduates Jacob Roberts, Jonathan Mckenzie, Zach Metzger, Connor Black, Adam Sawman, Jaegar Camp, Parker Sorg, Joseph Imburgia, Matthew Deep and Joseph Ostrowski. Graduates not pictured are Nicholas Borucki, Jeremiah Carr, Jordon Fedor, Hayden Grafton, Gage Kimble, Amy Marsh, Adam Sandor, Stacey Shedenhelm, Amber Sonnie and Megan Wasik. (Contributed photo)

WARREN — Kent State University at Trumbull launched the Peace Officers’ Training Academy certificate credit program in fall 2020, and 21 students graduated from the program this spring.

KSU at Trumbull had operated the police academy as a noncredit training program for more than 15 years and has graduated more than 1,000 cadets since 2006. The program implemented an academic credit certificate program last year, with students attaining 22 credit hours upon completion of the academy. Students can use these 22 credit hours toward the Peace Officers’ Training Academy concentration in the Associate of Criminology and Justice Studies degree.

Spring graduates were grateful to complete the new credit program while overcoming obstacles caused by the pandemic. 

“I can’t say enough about the academy staff at Kent Trumbull for ensuring our success in the program,” Parker Sorg said in a news release.

“The Kent State University police academy prepared me for the challenges that I will face as a public servant in my community,” Joseph Ostrowski added.

The university said it is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and has made it a focus of the curriculum moving forward.  

“Today’s environment has vividly illustrated the need to develop quality, diverse police officers to be leaders in changing the culture of law enforcement to meet the needs of our communities,” James D. Willock Jr., director of Public Safety Training and Police Academy, said.        

For more information about the Associate of Criminology and Justice Studies degree, click here.

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