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GCC hosts 31st Rural Police Training Academy

STAFF REPORTS

BATAVIA, N.Y. -- On Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7 p.m., and again on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9 a.m., anyone interested in becoming a police officer is invited to attend a one-hour Information Session for Genesee Community College's Rural Police Training Academy. The Academy is seeking candidates interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.

To date, over 700 graduates of the Academy have gone on to have long and prosperous careers with many of the GLOW region's local police departments as well as state and federal law-enforcement agencies.

The Rural Police Training Academy (RPTA) provides training for already-employed Police Officers as well as persons seeking law-enforcement employment ("pre-employment" recruits). Training starts in April 2019 and ends with graduation in March 2020. Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, some Wednesday evenings and daytime on Saturdays.

The Information Session is the first step toward applying to the Academy. Attendees will learn about the application process, financial aid, veterans benefits and will receive an overview of the program, including physical fitness training standards and earning GCC college credits. Attendees will hear testimonials from graduates regarding the significance this program has had on their law-enforcement careers.

The minimum age to enroll in the Academy is 19 years to ensure that the candidate will reach the age of 21 in the two-year period that the Pre-Employment certificate is valid. There is no maximum age for admission, as long as the candidate can pass all entrance and exit physical-testing requirements. Candidates should not have any criminal history. A background investigation will be conducted by the RPTA. If you are interested in attending one of these information sessions or would like more information about the Academy, contact Director Douglas Brooks at rpolice@genesee.edu or call The BEST Center at GCC at (585) 345-6868.

The BEST Center provides businesses and organizations with customized training solutions ranging from supervisory skills to technical training. The Center also offers numerous professional and personal development courses for individuals, including classroom and on-line opportunities.
For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.