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The Criminal Justice Academy's Law Enforcement Pre-Service Program, also known as the "100 hour course," to hold its gradation ceremony on the UMFK campus

May 24, 2011


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will hold a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 for the 22 students enrolled in the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s Law Enforcement Pre-Service Program, also known as the “100-hour course.”   The graduation ceremony will take place in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room at 2 p.m. 

Keynote speaker for the graduation will be Brian MacMaster,chairman of the Criminal Justice Academy's Board of Trustees, and director of investigations for the state Attorney General's office. In addition to his role as chairman of the academy, MacMaster is its longest serving instructor, dating back to 1971. He is a former municipal police officer; detective; and elected official. He currently is an adjunct instructor at Husson University in Bangor. 

The 100-hour course is mandatory, and 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 Criminal Justice Academy, located in Vassalboro, Maine.
Over the past four years the 100-hour course at UMFK has graduated 109 students from the program, which boasts a one-hundred percent pass rate.  Several graduates have been hired to part-time and full-time employment at locations across the state.
Classes are lectured-based, as well as hands-on training. The instructors primarily are practicing law enforcement officers, or professionals in the fields of law and public safety. The program has proven to be a valuable and successful collaboration among the University’s Academic Outreach, Rural Public Safety degree program, and the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.