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UMFK to host Pre-Service Law Enforcement program

April 11, 2011

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host a training of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s Law Enforcement Pre-Service Program, also known as the “100 hour course,” from Monday, May 9 through Friday, May 27 in Powell Hall, room 123.

The course is mandatory and also is required by the state of Maine as the minimum level of training for any part-time law enforcement officer. The course normally is offered at the Academy, located in Vassalboro.
 
Interested participants will be required to pass a reading and writing ALERT test, as well as a background check, prior to attending the program.  In addition, sponsorship from a law enforcement agency will be needed. Persons in the St. John Valley may contact the Fort Kent, Madawaska, or Van Buren police departments.
 
“We are anticipating a good amount of interest in this course because this is the last 100 hours course running before it changes next to 200 hour,” said Dr. Tony Enerva, program coordinator of UMFK’s Rural Public Safety and Criminal Justice programs. “Over the past five years we have had 114 students who have completed the program here at UMFK with a 100 percent pass rate. Many students have been hired to part-time and full-time employment at various locations around the state.”
 
Classes will be lectured-based, as well as hands-on training. The instructors are primarily practicing law enforcement officers and professional in the fields of law and public safety.
 
This has proven to be a valuable and successful collaboration among the University’s Academic Outreach, Rural Public Safety degree program, and the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.
 
Enerva and others are quick to praise the professionals who spend time as instructors in the course. “We could not do this program without the professional assistance and resources from our partners in local and regional law enforcement,” said Dr. Enerva.
 
The training is being offered as a non-credit program at a cost of $375, with 3 credits available for college students at an additional cost. 
 
Housing for out-of-town students will be available on campus at the University’s Lodge residence hall. Meals and housing, if needed, will require an extra cost. 
 
The deadline for pre-registration is Friday, April 29.
 
Further information on the “100 hour course,” please contact Dr. Enerva at tenerva@maine.edu or 207-834-7566.
 
To register, contact the UMFK Registrar’s office at 207-834-7520 or toll-free at 1-888-879-8635.