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UMFK to host Pre-Service Law Enforcement program

April 14, 2006

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will be hosting a session of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy's Law Enforcement Pre-Service program, also known as the "100 hour course" from June 12 though June 28.

The course is mandatory and is required by the state of Maine as the minimum level of training for any law enforcement officer. For the first time, in many years the course will be offered in this area. It is normally offered at the Academy, located in Vassalboro, Maine and at several other sites around the state.

Interested participants will be required to pass a reading and writing test as well as a background check, prior to attending the program. In addition to a sponsorship from a law enforcement agency will be required. Individuals from 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," said Don Eno, coordinator of distance education and academic outreach at UMFK. "With our own college students signing up and others in the area, it should be a good program."

"It also is a good fit with the University's Rural Public Safety and Criminal Justice programs," added Dr. Tony Enerva, assistant professor of public safety administration and criminal justice at UMFK. "This type of training allows students and others to receive the training needed for entry level law enforcement positions, such as reserve or seasonal police officers. It has also turned into a productive partnership with the Academy."

The course will cover basic Maine law, judicial procedures, police processes including crime scene procedures and mechanics of arrest, as well as defensive driving and communications.

Participants completing the course will be eligible to transfer credits into the University's programs.

Instruction will be provided by UMFK faculty, regional adjunct instructors and instructors from the Academy who will be teaching via teleconferencing technology from Vassalboro.

"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 program is being offered as a 3 credit course, which include all the required books and materials.

Housing for out of town students will be available on campus at the University's Lodge residence hall. Meals and lodging, if needed, will be an extra cost.

To register, contact Eno at 1-888-TRY-UMFK, extension 7835 or email deno@maine.edu or visit web site at http://www.umfk.maine.edu/academic/programs/psa/.

The deadline for pre-registration is Monday, May 15. Walk-in applicants will be reviewed on Sunday, June 11.

Certification will be provided by Academy personnel upon the final day of the program held in Fort Kent.