SUNY Canton Police Academy Receives $15,000 Grant

Academy ShieldThe SUNY Canton David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy received a $15,000 Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) grant to bolster police officers’ defensive training.

“The funds will be used to purchase equipment and provide instructors with live tactics simulation,” said Deputy Chief Steven L. Livernois. “By adding high-tech components to an officer’s arsenal of training, we hope to further enhance their decision-making skills, reaction and response times.”

According the DCJS, this grant will facilitate training that covers all aspects of a real force-on-force situation, from the psychological to the physical; simulated weapons that act and feel like the firearms officers use every day will be used during the training. Also, instructors will learn how to develop training scenarios that are based on situations that officers are likely to encounter on the job, in their communities.

Nationwide, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 186 officers died in the line of duty in 2007, compared to 144 in 2006. Of those, 69 were shot to death, a 33 percent increase over 2006. And in New York State, 12 law enforcement officers were killed, five more than in 2006. “The grant was awarded to help decrease the number of officers shot in the line of duty,” Livernois pointed out.

As part of the grant, firearms and defensive tactics instructors at the Academy will attend a week-long training in April at the New York State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany in preparation to teach cadets and active officers locally.

Every year academy cadets receive extensive force-on-force training and many local law enforcement agencies utilize the college’s equipment and facilities for in-service training.

Typically, the Academy trains as many as 25 North Country police officers a year. “A very large percentage of our area law enforcement professionals have received training, and in many cases their education, through SUNY Canton,” Livernois said.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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