By Whitney Knight
Last week, a dozen members of the Reserve Police Officer Academy graduated in a ceremony held on the campus of Mid-America Christian University in south Oklahoma City. Four of MACU’s own reserve officers graduated from the academy on October 21, in addition to eight officers from various departments across central Oklahoma. The graduation ceremony marked the completion of seven months of evening training sessions held on university grounds under the coordination of MACU Assistant Police Chief Mark LaHue.
State law requires the certification—conducted by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET)—for all peace officers, both public and private. The mission of CLEET is to enhance public safety by providing education and training which promotes professionalism and enhances competency within the ranks of Oklahoma law enforcement; manage and regulate the licensing and training of private security.
“The training we receive as officers is invaluable,” said Chris Hampton, who served as class leader. “When the tests have been taken, certificates have been issued and instructors have gone home, the training will be the most important thing we take with us.” Hampton said the training will undoubtedly assist in the officers’ duties to serve communities and protect individuals in need.
MACU Police Chief Jacob Pool said the training is even more important because it allows for smaller departments—like the university—to get their reserve officers trained in close proximity to their home department. “Most reserve police officers work a job outside of law enforcement, so having a training academy close to home allows those officers to continue working their full-time job and be available to their families or other obligations outside of work.”
Although a date has not been set, Pool said MACU plans to host more training academies in the future.
Mid-America Christian University offers a Christian liberal arts education through two dynamic colleges. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) offers undergraduate degrees to traditional residential and daytime commuting students at the main campus in Oklahoma City. The College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS) makes college education affordable and accessible to busy working adults and graduate students. Degree programs are offered online and convenient evening classes at the main campus, and through the north OKC location. MACU is an endorsed agency of the Church of God (Anderson, IN), and is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA; www.ncahlc.org). Visit www.MACU.edu for more information.