IU Northwest Named New Police Academy Site
The board of directors for the Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Training Center (NILEC) named Indiana University Northwest as the new site for a Police Academy in an announcement earlier today. The training center will begin operating on the campus immediately. The Academy will be a permanent training site for a 17-week basic recruit course (99-02) and is scheduled to begin August 2 on campus as well.
“I am proud that our campus will be the training ground for the men and women who are our future law officers in Northwest Indiana,” says Chancellor Hilda Richards.
Conversations for a police academy in Northwest Indiana came after Indiana Gov. Frank O’Bannon sign House Bill 1172 into law giving Northwest Indiana the right to have its own law enforcement center.
“All of us, the NILEC Board and the chiefs of police, are very excited about the ability to continue training current officers, as well as the establishment of the Academy at IU Northwest,” says Fred Behrens, executive director. “This is the culmination of years of great effort as we worked together in formulating a direction, lobbying and presenting our case for the Academy during the last three Indiana legislative sessions. We feel that by being at IU Northwest, the educational value of the program and the quality of law enforcement personnel will greatly enhance the quality of our officers in the seven counties we serve.”
The Police Academy at IU Northwest will have the advantage of working with university academic programs including SPEA (School of Public and Environmental Affairs), a school of Indiana University system regarded as the largest school of public affairs in the United States. IU Northwest SPEA is the only public university in Northwest Indiana offering degrees in Criminal Justice including a Bachelor of Science and Associate of Science in Criminal Justice. The school also offers a management oriented Criminal Justice concentration with the MPA degree program.
“SPEA is committed to public service and advancing the profession of law enforcement, says Joseph Pellicciotti, director of IU Northwest SPEA. “The Academy is important to law enforcement in our area, and serves our community well. We are pleased to work with the Academy and Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Training Center.” More information on the Police Academy or the IU Northwest Division of Public and Environmental Affairs is at 219-980-6695.
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