BUFFALO—Erie Community College celebrated its Law Enforcement Training Academy's 120th Basic Course for Police Officers graduation inside the Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College on December 21st.
The graduating class included 65 members, comprised of 42 sworn officers, one special investigator, three deputies, and 19 pre-employment candidates. The aforementioned graduates are headed for eight police agencies in the area, including Amherst, Buffalo, Cheektowaga, Lackawanna, Lancaster, and Tonawanda, as well as the Erie County Sheriff's Office and the Office of the New York State Attorney General (Medicaid Fraud Unit).
The police graduation was ECC's first since being ranked second in Criminal Justice and Corrections, and second in Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services amongst national two-year colleges inside Community College Week's 2012 edition of “100 Top Associate Degree Producers.”
“ECC is proud of our nationally acclaimed ability to train the future of Western New York law enforcement,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “We appreciate their service, and we look forward to training these classes for years to come.”
Quinn was joined by hundreds inside the Montante Cultural Center, including City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown; ECC Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs Richard Washousky; ECC Assistant Academic Dean for Business and Public Service Dr. Kenneth Barnes; Western New York police chiefs and officers; Erie County Sheriff's Office personnel; members of the U.S. military; LETA instructors; and assorted ECC students, faculty and staff.
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state's SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC's faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.