After completing a comprehensive curriculum filled with numerous tactical exercises based on the latest instructional technology, a class of 14 students recently graduated from the Jefferson College Law Enforcement Academy in Imperial (029 POST Peace Officer Standards and Training Class), helping to fill the ongoing need for qualified officers in Missouri.
The 029 class also achieved a 100 percent completion pass rate on the POST license exam, continuing the lengthy streak of graduating classes from Jefferson College with a 100 percent pass rate for the POST Class A license.
JCLEA 029 POST Class graduates include, left to right, (first row) James Mercurio, Jr., Barnhart; Tyler Grose, Imperial; Samantha Caldwell, Sullivan; Rose Stahlman, Desoto; Angela Mims, Byrnes Mill; Emily Woolford, Arnold; Darren Pinson, Fletcher; (second row) Justin Gibbons, Desoto; Joshua Bennett, Desoto; Zachary Reed, Hillsboro; Nikolas Kettler, Dittmer; James Minner, Arnold; Grant Thomas, Dittmer; and Ross Sheridan, Maryland Heights.
The JCLEA offers three options for students seeking a Missouri Department of Public Safety POST Class A License and is the only academy in the state that incorporates the curriculum for an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice in two of its three programs as a way to distinguish graduates when they enter the job market. The third program, a POST curriculum only option, offers a Certificate in Criminal Justice and is limited to applicants who already have a two or four-year degree.
The mission of the Law Enforcement Academy is to provide quality training for new recruits and veteran officers. Training is designed to provide individuals and agencies with the information and skills needed to meet the needs of our community, to develop skills to remain current in information and technology, and to prepare law enforcement officers to successfully respond to the challenges of a diverse society.
For more information about the Jefferson College Law Enforcement Academy and program application deadlines, call (636) 481-3425 or visit www.jeffco.edu/jclea.