DURANGO – The Southwest Regional Law Enforcement Academy in Durango, a program of Southwest Colorado Community College (SCCC), will hold its commencement ceremony for eight students, their families, and community members. This year’s graduation commencement address will be given by Dr. Lynn Urban, Dean of SCCC’s Durango (East) campus. SCCC is a division of Pueblo Community College.
The public is invited to attend:
Southwest Regional Law Enforcement Academy Graduation
Durango Public Library
Friday, Dec. 10
“The Law Enforcement Academy is one of SCCC’s many career and technical education programs which enables students to get the technical skills they need to enter the workforce in a relatively short timeframe,” said Dr. Lynn Urban, Dean of SCCC’s campus. “The Academy prepares individuals for careers in law enforcement throughout the state of Colorado. Many of our graduates stay in the area and are currently employed by several different law enforcement agencies.”
The Law Enforcement Academy is a full-time intensive training for 17 weeks, involving both academic and practical instruction. The graduates work hard to get to this point. And once they graduate from the Academy, the students have one more hurdle: POST Certification.
Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certification is required before graduates are eligible to work in the State of Colorado as a conditional peace officer. The students will take their POST exams next week and learn soon thereafter whether they have passed.
SCCC’s Law Enforcement Academy is pleased that all of its graduates have had a 100% passing rate of the POST exam since the program has been under the direction of Academy Director Gini England.
Prior to joining SCCC, Captain Gini England retired from the Colorado State Patrol after serving for 26 years. She has been in Durango since 2004. “These cadets have worked hard for the last four and a half months and I am proud of each of them,” said Gini England, Law Enforcement Academy Director. “This training is really intense and it takes extreme dedication to be successful in this program.”
A new Law Enforcement Academy begins in January. Applications into the program are now being accepted. For more information, please contact Gloryann Linch at: (970) 247-2929 ext 7203.