Katerina D’Agnese from Carmel, NY completes SUNY Potsdam Law Enforcement Training Institute

Katerina D’Agnese of Carmel, NY, recently graduated from SUNY Potsdam Law Enforcement Training Institute.

SUNY Potsdam’s Law Enforcement Training Institute offers students the unique opportunity to undergo rigorous pre-employment, state-approved police training as part of their undergraduate program. Cadets celebrated the completion of the program with a ceremony on December 18, 2021.

D’Agnese was among a cohort of nine cadets who graduated from the 15-week program after successfully completing Phase 1 of New York State Municipal Police Basic Training, which includes 56 of the full 60 components, in fall 2021. Phase 2, which includes the final four components, can only be completed by newly hired agents.

“These nine college students are considered pre-employment trained, which means city agencies can hire these interns on their civil service rosters and save thousands of dollars. In some cases, up to $20,000 at $30,000. They are simply already police trained. In other cases, where cadets choose to go into other branches of law enforcement, they have made themselves much more marketable because they now have a police academy on their resume. It has a plethora of value. This year alone we have had positions offered to cadets with the Suffolk County Police, Syracuse Police, NYPD, Ithaca Police, St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, City Police of Oswego, federal and state corrections, New York State Police, Washington D.C. Capitol Police and a police department in Pennsylvania,” said police chief Sonny Duquette. Academy, retired Detective Sergeant of the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.

Alongside the cadets, Enlisted Peace Officers John Barney and Robert Van Deusen (Franklin County District Attorney’s Office) and Deborah Fitzpatrick (School Resource Officer, St. Regis Falls Central School) received their special NYS DCJS/OPS patrol certifications during the fall 2021 police academy. at SUNY Potsdam.

As a New York State-accredited police academy, SUNY Potsdam’s Law Enforcement Training Institute offers courses in defensive tactics, emergency medical services, emergency vehicle operation, the enforcement of field sobriety testing, crime scene processing and a plethora of other training topics. To learn more, visit http://www.potsdam.edu/academics/appliedlearning/lawenforcement.

SUNY Potsdam offers one of the very few police academies in New York State that chooses to prioritize student seats and then fill the remaining seats with hired officers.

“It was something I wanted to do here, and the College’s Lougheed Applied Learning Center fully supports it. With my 31 years of training and policing, I firmly believe that policing needs better trained officers. When cadets graduate here, they have four year degrees and a police academy under their belt. They are better trained, better educated and more mature. It simply improves decision-making skills, which in turn improves community policing. We need more of that, and we all know that,” Duquette said.

To be eligible for the SUNY Potsdam Law Enforcement Training Institute, applicants must be juniors or seniors in their undergraduate studies, have a minimum grade point average of 2.5, and be licensed to to drive. Community members or students from other institutions may contact the Office of Transfer Admissions to discuss their eligibility for the program by visiting http://www.potsdam.edu/admissions/transfer.

The SUNY Potsdam Law Enforcement Training Institute is co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and the Lougheed Center for Applied Learning.

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