Kalamazoo Valley Holds Police Academy Graduation May 19

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Nine of the 13 graduates of the police academy were sponsored by Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and will join the force and begin working as public safety officers for the city of Kalamazoo following graduation.

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"Kalamazoo Valley's Police Officer Training Academy is recognized as the leading training facility in the region, consistently graduating high achievers." Director Paul Bianco

Thirteen people – 12 men and one woman – will walk the stage Friday, May 19 as graduates of Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s 84th Police Officer Training Academy. Nine of the graduates of the academy were sponsored by Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and will join the force and begin working as public safety officers for the city of Kalamazoo following graduation.

Graduates from the academy enjoy the highest employment rate in the state. A total of 92 percent of alumni are employed in the field, compared to a statewide average of 69 percent, according to Paul Bianco, director of Kalamazoo Valley’s Law Enforcement Training Center. “Kalamazoo Valley’s Police Officer Training Academy is recognized as the leading police training facility in the region, consistently graduating high achievers,” said Bianco.

There is currently a state-wide shortage of certified and qualified police officers. The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) website shows 100 agencies throughout the state hiring either part-time or full-time officers.

Graduation takes place at 3 p.m. in the Dale B. Lake Theater on the college’s Texas Township Campus and is open to the public. The Honorable Michael McKay of Van Buren County’s 7th District Court is the guest speaker.

The next Police Officer Training Academy at Kalamazoo Valley begins August 21 and runs from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Law Enforcement Training Center on the Groves Campus of Kalamazoo Valley Community College. For more details and an application packet, go to http://www.kvcc.edu/police.

Paul Bianco
Police Academy Director
269.353.1260
policeacademy(at)kvcc(dot)edu

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