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Phase II Law Enforcement Training at Husson University

Date of Release: May 23, 2014

BANGOR, MAINE – The Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business on the campus of Husson University in Bangor, Maine is the site for Phase II training sponsored by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy on May 12-23, 2014 . This law enforcement training session is specifically designed for individuals interested in working as reserve law enforcement officers.

To qualify for Phase II training, individuals must complete 40 hours of online training, pass a background check, pass the ALERT exam, and meet the necessary physical fitness requirements.

“We are pleased to partner with the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and make this education available to aspiring law enforcement professionals,” says Husson University’s School of Legal Studies Director John Michaud. “As a Regional Center for Criminal Justice in New England*,
Husson University continues to serve our community as a leader in providing resources for law enforcement training.”

The 80 hours of Phase II training consists of:
• Interactive scenarios based on classroom education including instruction on investigative procedures.
• Hands-on training about the mechanics of an arrest and the situational use of force.

Husson University College of Business Dean Marie Hansen and Director Michaud are the site coordinators for the event. The instructors for the classes are provided from Region V law enforcement agencies and the training is supported by the Region V Chiefs of Police.

Over the past decade, numerous students have gone through this training. Husson University students who complete Phase I and Phase II training are eligible to receive six credit hours toward their degree.

Phase III focuses on field training and is administered by the agency hiring a reserve officer.

Phase I – III are part of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s Law Enforcement Pre-Service Training Program. In 1989, the 114th Maine Legislature passed laws mandating that the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy establish standards for pre-service training. The purpose of this mandate was to ensure that no person could “serve as a law enforcement officer with the power to make arrests or the authority to carry a firearm until certified as satisfying pre-service training requirements.” This resulted in the three-part Law Enforcement Officer Pre-Service Training Program.

The Maine Criminal Justice Academy (MCJA) serves the people of Maine by promoting the highest level of professional standards and performance through the training of criminal justice personnel. To achieve this the MCJA strives to: merit public confidence in the criminal justice system; provide high quality training; promote a work environment of mutual respect, support and trust; advance policies and procedures developed in the interest of public safety and service; and encourage cooperation and coordination among criminal justice agencies. For more information visit Maine.gov/dps/mcja/index.shtml

For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.

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