KINGMAN - Certified law enforcement officers will be able to continue their professional education at Mohave Community College.
MCC signed an intergovernmental agreement with the Western Arizona Law Enforcement Association to give graduates of the Western Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy 15 hours of college credit at the college.
"This agreement has been in the works for a while and it is good for the college, the cadets and Mohave County," MCC Chancellor Michael Kearns said in a news release. "All three entities gain from having more qualified and educated law enforcement officers on duty in our communities."
The agreement will save WALETA graduates a full semester of class time as they pursue an associate degree.
"This is an excellent partnership," said Bob DeVries, Kingman police chief and president of WALEA. "It represents a chance for all staff to further themselves in education. But it's not just about the college and law enforcement; it benefits the entire region."
The police recruits are currently hired by their respective agency and are then sent to WALETA in Lake Havasu City. At the academy, the cadets receive their law enforcement training, becoming Peace Officer Standards & Training certified, which is required of every law enforcement officer in Arizona and nearly all states.
"The WALEA academy is where they learn all the technical and legal aspects of law enforcement," said Mike Messner, MCC's public safety programs director. "Their associate's degree requires 45 hours of additional general education courses that round out their education and add to their professional development."
Those graduates may then enter MCC with 15 credits toward their associate of applied science degree in administration of justice.
"This is tremendous for WALEA," WALETA commander Joe Archie said. "It is wonderful that we are able to collaborate with MCC to help our cadets gain credit hours.
"All of our agencies are experiencing a need for well-educated personnel," he said. "When we work these needs out with the college, everyone benefits."
For more information about MCC's public safety program, go to www.mohave.edu, talk to an admissions counselor or call (928) 757-0887.