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UMFK to host Pre-Service Law Enforcement program

April 9, 2007

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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 Monday, May 14 through Friday, June 1.

The course is mandatory and is required by the state of Maine as the minimum level of training for any law enforcement officer. The course normally is offered at the Academy, located in Vassalboro, and at several 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, sponsorship from a law enforcement agency will be needed. Individuals 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, UMFK's coordinator of academic outreach and distance education. "Last summer we had fourteen participants, which included UMFK students."

"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. "We are very happy with how things have gone with these collaborative efforts with the Academy."

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 offered as a non-credit program, with 3 experiential learning credits available for college students. .

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.

To register, contact Debra Andrews (MCJA) at 1-207-877-8014 or Don Eno at 1-888-TRY-UMFK ext. 7835, or go to website: www.umfk.maine.edu/academics/programs/psa/.

The deadline for pre-registration is Friday, April 20, 2007. Walk-in applicants will be reviewed as space allows.

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