July 10, 2013
Anne Arundel Community College recently recognized 13 students who completed the college’s Police Academy program, receiving both a certificate from the college and a certificate of completion from the Maryland Police Training Commission.
To complete AACC’s Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Certificate, Police Academy Option, students had to earn a minimum of 42 college credits, complete a minimum of 750 hours of entrance-level training and master more than 500 training objectives. AACC’s academy also requires students to achieve 100 percent mastery, meaning that they must answer all of the approximately 2,400 test questions accurately, an exceptionally high standard.
Completion of the program indicates that graduates are highly qualified for employment and may be immediately placed on the streets following firearms training and policy training from their hiring agency. Several students were offered conditional employment in the early spring and are waiting for a final offer of employment.
Presenting the keynote speech at the ceremony was Chief Michael Blow of the Prince George’s County Public Schools’ Public Safety. Mark R. Shayne of Belcamp, Md., was recognized as valedictorian of the class, graduating with a grade-point average of 3.93 and an average comprehensive examination score of 94.82 percent.
The Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Certificate Police Academy Option is just one of several certificates and degrees offered by AACC’s Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute. For information about that or other programs, visit the homeland security and criminal justice webpage or call 410-777-7063.