Area 9 Law Enforcement Training Center to Provide New Opportunities for Officers and Students

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The McDowell Cottage that served as a daycare nearly a decade ago on the Clinton Community College campus will soon have a sign that reads “Area 9 Police Training Academy.” “Students who come to campus will see it. If they’re in criminal justice, it’s going to get them a little more excited,” Clinton County Sheriff David Favro said. “If they’re not and they’re undeclared and don’t know exactly whatever they want to take, they’ll see that and say, “Wow, maybe I want to take a look at it.” The training academy, which has been housed in the basement of the police department from the city of Plattsburgh for several decades, will open on campus in 2023. “We will create an opportunity for them to earn college credit while they are in training. The training will give them college credit, which can count for a degree,” said university president John Kowal. New York State requires every police officer to be certified by an academy sanctioned by the Division of Criminal Justice Services. With a drop in the number of people entering law enforcement, Assemblyman Billy Jones hopes the state-funded investment of $250,000 will help recruit more officers. Favro, who is also chairman of the Community College board, said the new location will allow the academy to expand the types of training they have been able to provide. “Law enforcement has changed significantly over the last few decisions. It’s changed socially and it’s also changed in the way we investigate cases,” he said. of historical data and research, and there are students who want to focus on just that.” “Maybe we can incorporate the use of an active police officer who is really good at writing reports and who can teach at the academy with a college professor who writes reports to talk about the technical piece,” he said. The new academy will also have a crime scene lab that will give instructors the space to work with students on forensic pathology.

The McDowell Cottage that served as a daycare nearly a decade ago on the Clinton Community College campus will soon have a sign that reads “Area 9 Police Training Academy.”

“Students who come to campus will see this. If they’re in criminal justice, that’s going to get them a little more excited,” Clinton County Sheriff David Favro said. “If they’re not and they’re unreported and don’t know exactly what they want to take, they’ll see that and say, “Wow, maybe I want to take a look.”

The training academy, which has been housed in the basement of the City of Plattsburgh Police Department for several decades, will open on campus in 2023.

“We’re going to create an opportunity for them to get college credits while they’re training. The training will give them college credit, which can count towards a degree,” said university president John Kowal.

New York State requires every police officer to be certified by an academy sanctioned by the Division of Criminal Justice Services. With a drop in the number of people entering law enforcement, Assemblyman Billy Jones hopes the state-funded investment of $250,000 will help recruit more officers.

Favro, who is also chairman of the Community College board, said the new location will allow the academy to expand the types of training it has been able to offer.

“Law enforcement has changed significantly over recent decisions. It has changed socially and it has also changed in the way we investigate cases,” he said. “[It] uses a lot of statistics, a lot of historical data and research, and there are students who want to focus on just that.”

Favro said the move will allow the academy to intertwine law enforcement training and criminal justice training in one location.

“Maybe we can integrate using an active policeman who is really good at writing reports and can teach at the academy with a college professor who writes reports to talk about the technical piece,” said he declared.

The new academy will also have a crime scene lab that will give instructors the space to work with students on forensics.

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