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Opportunity to Explore, Experience Law Enforcement Academy Available in Feb. 8 Open House

Criminal Justice trainingCurrent Ferris State University students and visitors from West Michigan K-12 and intermediate school districts can explore a learning program Tuesday, Feb. 8, as the Law Enforcement Academy in the School of Criminal Justice hosts an open house, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Professor Cecil Queen, the LEA director, said visitors will get valuable perspectives on academy operations and assets that day through student-led tours and demonstrations.

“We are proud that these students have taken the initiative to collaborate and set up guided activities in our Southwest Commons home,” Queen said. “We have a training simulator to illustrate ‘use of force’ considerations, which was made available to the program through a generous, anonymous donor. This is our first chance to show that off to potential students, which is just one aspect of the academy’s attributes that will be highlighted that day.”

Queen said the event is literal, an open invitation to Ferris students in any college or degree program. He added the student guides also support visits from career-oriented learning programs throughout the region.

“We know that several busloads of students from regional educational service agencies or intermediate school district career centers will come,” Queen said. “Components of state government that certify our training are also expected. We enjoy a great relationship with these professionals.”

Queen said the cadets that complete the LEA program move on to positions with police departments, sheriff offices and other departments throughout Michigan and the Midwest. He noted the academy enjoys a well-earned reputation for excellence with law enforcement professionals, with rich traditions in place as the operation’s 50th anniversary approaches.

“There is a group comprising cadets from our first academy who return to campus for a reunion each year. They keep in touch with us about each gathering,” Queen said. “We are proud of the academy’s stature, and respect found throughout our profession, across generations.”

The Law Enforcement Academy is housed immediately behind Puterbaugh and Henderson halls, west of State Street along Bond Circle in West Campus.

Those with a disability who would require help to attend the Law Enforcement Academy open house that day should contact the School of Criminal Justice at (231) 591-5080 or by email at least 72 hours before the event.