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January 6, 1999
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IUN Expresses Interest as Host Site for Police Training Center

Indiana University Northwest officials recently sent a letter to the board of directors for the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Training Center expressing interest in serving as permanent host site for a police training center in Northwest Indiana.

The official IUN letter of interest comes after several area colleges and universities were invited to apply as host site by training center board members after Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon recently signed House Bill 1172 into law giving Northwest Indiana the right to have its own law enforcement center.

According to the application invitation, the intent of having a campus-based police academy is to give the host site university an opportunity, if they have a criminal justice program, to allow students to attend college credited courses that only sworn law enforcement officers can now attend. This arrangement would allow the student to graduate from the criminal justice program and receive certification as an Indiana law enforcement officer simultaneously.

"We are very excited about the prospect of having the academy here on campus. It would be a real plus for us here- and we already have a criminal justice program and other related programs that would benefit recruits," says Marilyn Vasquez, interim vice chancellor of academic affairs. She also added that a committee of IUN faculty and staff was appointed to study the requirements needed to host the training site. After concluding the requirements could be met, the committee took the information to IUN academic council where it was supported unanimously.

The new training site will provide basic recruit courses, as well as inservice training for approximately 1400 sworn officers from the Northwest Indiana area.

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