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UMFK to host Pre-Service Law Enforcement program

March 24, 2008

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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 12 through Friday, May 30.

The course 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. This will be the third consecutive summer that the program is offered at the Fort Kent campus.

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.

“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 Don Eno, coordinator of the outreach office.

“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 two summers we have had over thirty people complete the summer course here at UMFK.”

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.

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 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 April 20.  Walk in applicants will be reviewed as space allows.

To register, contact Don Eno at 1-888-TRY UMFK ext. 7835 or by e-mail at  deno@maine.edu