Police Academy Opens at Mercer County Community College

10-26-06

Beginning January 16, Mercer County police recruits will now be able to study at the new Police Academy at Mercer County Community College (MCCC).

Announcing the academy's opening, from left, are MCCC Acting President Dr. Thomas Wilfrid, Mercer County prosecutor Joseph Bocchini Jr., Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, Sheriff Kevin Larkin, and Lawrence Township Police Chief Dan Posluszny, who is president of the Mercer County Police Chiefs Association.


"This is the greatest thing to happen in my tenure as sheriff," said Mercer County Sheriff Kevin Larkin, about the new Police Academy located on the West Windsor campus of Mercer County Community College. "To me this is the biggest star on top -- bigger than the one on my shirt."

"We have created a comprehensive modern police academy right here in Mercer County," said County Executive Hughes. "We want to standardize the training among police departments in the county so they don't have to go to other counties. We will be sharing these facilities with the FBI and other first responders."

By adapting existing facilities at the college for use by the new academy, the county has achieved tremendous cost savings, Hughes said. Also, in addition to county recruits, municipal police departments can send their recruits for training. The on-campus location will enable the recruits to use the college's library, fitness center, computer rooms and other services.

MCCC's Acting President Thomas N. Wilfrid said he expects the academy to benefit the college's Criminal Justice students. "This will be a tremendous resource for students studying law enforcement or corrections here at the college," he said. Recruits will earn 15 credits toward a Mercer degree.

More details are available at the Mercer County website here.