Published: March 2, 2016
Navarro College will be opening a new Police Academy at the Career & Technical Center in Fairfield to better serve the needs of peace officers in the area and provide opportunities for individuals seeking a career in law enforcement.
Over 1,980 Navarro College Police Academy graduates are currently serving their communities and fulfilling dreams of being a peace officer. These graduates serve in roles such as police officers, deputies, constables, district attorney investigators, state troopers and reserve peace officers.
“After my place of employment of 17 years closed, I saw it as an opportunity to become a police officer, something I have dreamed of doing since high school,” states Officer Ronald Kludy, 2010 Police Academy graduate. “I am now proud to be a police officer for the Corsicana Police Department.”
“After returning from the coast guard, I was unloading trucks for a freight company and quickly realized that was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” said Officer Donnie Trull, 1995 Police Academy graduate. “I chose to enroll in the Police Academy to begin my career in law enforcement and now am a police officer for the Ennis Police Department.”
The Corsicana campus is the closest Police Academy program to Fairfield which requires students to commute over an hour, round-trip, to attend classes. The addition of this program in Fairfield will allow students to take classes at a more convenient location, at an affordable price.
In addition, the new program will provide accredited law enforcement classes for individuals maintaining a peace officer license. The Freestone, Limestone and Leon county regions are traditionally underserved with continuing education opportunities, which is mandated by the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement for a peace officer.
“It is rare that a law enforcement training provider is able to identify an area that is truly in need of accredited training. The seminar we conducted in January had almost 30 peace officers in attendance who expressed a need in the region,” said Rick White, coordinator of the Navarro College Police Academy. “We are excited about having the opportunity to truly make a difference in the area, not only for the peace officers themselves, but for all citizens in the region. Assisting these officers in obtaining higher certification through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement gives residents of the community more skilled workforce to respond in time of crisis.”
Navarro College hopes to begin the Police Academy program in Fairfield on April 11 and is seeking interested individuals from the community. To learn more, call 903.875.7560 or 903.875.7702 to speak with the Police Academy staff. The staff will be able to provide information about the program, the selection process, financial assistance and assist in enrolling students in the program.
“Navarro College is dedicated to providing educational opportunities to students in our service areas,” states Dr. Barbara Kavalier, District President of Navarro College. “We are excited about the new Police Academy program in Fairfield as we have seen the difference this program makes in the lives of our students and the communities they serve.”
SOURCE: Freestone County Times