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UMFK to host Pre-Service Law Enforcement program

February 27, 2009

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host a session of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s Law Enforcement Pre-Service Program, also known as the “100 hour course,” from Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 29. 

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.  An Alert Test will be administered at the UMFK campus on Tuesday, March 31 at 6 p.m.  Contact Don Eno, coordinator of the Academic Outreach office, at 834-7835 or by e-mail at deno@maine.edu to sign up for the test.  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,” said Dr. Tony Enerva, program coordinator of UMFK’s Rural Public Safety and Criminal Justice programs. “Over the past three years we have had close to 70 students who have completed the program here at UMFK. Several 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 office, Rural Public Safety degree program, and the Criminal Justice Academy,” commented Eno. 

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 program 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 17.  Walk-in applicants will be reviewed, as space allows.   

Information on the program also can be found at: www.umfk.maine.edu/academics/programs/psa/prog/100hr/signup.cfm To register, contact Eno at 207-834-7835 or toll-free at 1-888-879-8635 or by e-mail at  deno@maine.edu                                                                    #####