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County, Portage College partnering on Law Enforcement Training

First class of Community Peace Officer trainees expected in spring of 2021

Post Date:03/03/2020 1:40 PM

For the first time in Alberta, a municipality and post-secondary institution are partnering to deliver a law enforcement training program.

Lac La Biche County and Portage College are working together to develop and implement this program, which will focus first on Community Peace Officer training. The program will run at Portage College’s Lac La Biche campus, with the first classes expected in the spring of 2021.

“Law enforcement is one of the most demanding career paths out there, and high-quality training is necessary for officers—and aspiring officers—to succeed and serve the public in the best way possible,” said Mayor Omer Moghrabi. “We’re going to increase access to that training, meaning more Albertans are going to be kept safe and have highly qualified law enforcement professionals looking out for them.”

The program’s first course, Community Peace Officer Induction Training, will be offered next spring. This eight-week course will offer all of the training necessary for students to immediately obtain Level 1 Peace Officer designations. Other opportunities slated for immediate future development include training for existing Peace Officers and police officers.

“Portage College is very honoured to be partnering with Lac La Biche County to bring the Law Enforcement Training program to our Lac La Biche campus,” said Portage College President and CEO Nancy Broadbent. “This program will assist with alleviating the significant wait times for training within the communities in Portage College’s service region.”

The program will be reviewed after three years.

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