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10 students complete corrections officer academy

Ten students recently completed Mid Michigan Community College’s Local Corrections Officer Training Academy. The academy was held during the Winter 2015 semester on the Mt. Pleasant campus.

The 16-week academy offers a comprehensive, interactive instruction program in various disciplines for MMCC Pre-Service students and local correction officers from various Michigan Sheriff Departments. Training topics include custody and security, defensive tactics, first aid (including CPR and AED procedures), suicide awareness, fire safety and interpersonal communications.

MMCC’s academy is certified by the Michigan Sheriffs’ Coordinating and Training Council. It provides the skills necessary for maintaining a safe, secure environment for correction officers, inmates and county residents.

“I’d like to congratulate this semester’s academy graduates,” said Barney Ledford, MMCC’s Criminal Justice Coordinator. “By completing the academy, these individuals were able to develop and practice skills that will help them to safely and effectively manage our inmate population. They are a truly dedicated group of civil servants.”

The Winter 2015 academy graduates include: Jordin Bartle, Valiant Bondie, Victoria Curnow, Amanda Echelbarger, Caleb Evans, Andrea Lee, Dwight McCann, Jeffrey Naugle, Allyson Reimers and Alan Smith.

For information on the upcoming Fall 2015 Local Detention Academy at MMCC, which starts Sept. 1, contact Ledford at (989) 339-6961 or bledford@midmich.edu.

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