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"100 Hour Law Enforcement Pre-Service" class offered at UMFK through ITV

July 23, 2007

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent will once again offer the “100 Hour Law Enforcement Pre-Service” class via interactive television (ITV). The class begins on Thursday, September 6 and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings from 7 to 9:45 p.m.

The course is different from most courses offered by other universities, in that it is taught by multiple instructors, rather than by a single faculty member. All of the instructors are either practicing law enforcement officers, lawyers, probation officers or other public safety professionals. Many of them also volunteer their time to teach other Academy courses throughout the year.

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

The ITV format enables small police departments to train reserve officers. In some cases, a local department or region can not gather a large enough group of students to offer the course on site.

This summer, seventeen students completed the class at the Fort Kent campus, but in a more traditional two-week, all-day format. A total of 58 students around the state have completed the program through UMFK.

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.

To register, please contact the UMFK Registrar’s Office at 207- 834-7520 or visit the web site at www.umfk.maine.edu/academics/programs/psa/prog/100hr/.