SUNY Canton Creates Law Enforcement Academy Internships
New and unique advanced educational option will spur grads’ careers
Several students in the SUNY Canton Law Enforcement Leadership (LEL) program got a jump start on their careers while fulfilling their senior-level internship at the David Sullivan/St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy.
Several interns underwent a background check and passed both the oral and written application process that allowed them to begin their pre-employment training on Monday. They are learning alongside academy cadets sponsored by area police agencies and have the opportunity to become full-fledged police officers before the end of the semester.
“Our students are very fortunate to have this opportunity,” said LEL Curriculum Coordinator Susan Buckley. “It is the only partnership of its kind in the state and one of only a few in the nation that will allows students to begin their law enforcement training while earning senior internship credits in our bachelor’s degree program.”
In addition to the Academy’s rigorous mental and physical training, the senior-level LEL students will be required to meet several requirements that are typical of most of the college’s internships and capstone projects.
Buckley said that Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Tom G. Dempsey came up with the idea for the newly formed partnership between the Academy and LEL program.
“We are very fortunate to have the Academy here at SUNY Canton,” Dempsey said. “Our interns now have another valuable professional development option that will help these students secure future careers within their chosen fields.”
The academy is broken up into two phases, according to Academy Director and University Police Deputy Chief Steven L. Livernois. During the first phase, all of the students focus on intensive in-class topics and hands-on training sessions and phase two is specifically for sworn police officers. “There is a very good chance that area police agencies will be looking to recruit the interns during their first phase of training,” Livernois said. “If they are recruited, they can complete the training and become police officers at the same time as they graduate with a four-year degree.”
The interns and Academy cadets will study emergency vehicle operations, standard field sobriety testing, first-responder training, hazardous materials response, and investigation techniques during the course of semester. They will also participate in daily physical fitness programs and study self defense tactics in preparation for their future careers.
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 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.
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