Kent Trumbull Graduates 21 in First Police Academy Certificate Class

WARREN, Ohio — The Kent State University at Trumbull Peace Officer Training Academy is graduating its first class of 21 this spring.

Before launching the certificate credit program in fall 2020, Kent Trumbull operated the police academy as a non-credit training program for more than 15 years, graduating more than 1,000 cadets since 2006, according to a press release. Last year, the academic credit certificate program allowed students to earn 22 credit hours upon completion.

Those credits can be put toward an associate degree in criminology and justice studies through the Peace Officer Training Academy.

“I can’t say enough about the academy staff at Kent Trumbull for ensuring our success in the program,” said graduate Parker Sorg.

“The Kent State University Police Academy prepared me for the challenges that I will face as a public servant in my community,” graduate Joseph Ostrowski added.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are a focus of the curriculum, according to the release.

“Today’s environment has vividly illustrated the need to develop quality diverse police officers to be leaders in changing the culture of law enforcement to meet the needs of our communities,” said James D. Willock Jr., director of public safety training and police academy at Kent State.

Click HERE for more information about the associate degree of criminology and justice studies. For information about the Peace Officer Training Academy, click HERE.

Pictured: James Willock, director of public safety training and police academy at Kent State, joins graduates Jacob Roberts, Jonathan Mckenzie, Zach Metzger, Connor Black, Adam Sawman, Jaegar Camp, Parker Sorg, Joseph Imburgia, Matthew Deep and Joseph Ostrowski. Graduates not pictured: Nicholas Borucki, Jeremiah Carr, Jordon Fedor, Hayden Grafton, Gage Kimble, Amy Marsh, Adam Sandor, Stacey Shedenhelm, Amber Sonnie and Megan Wasik. (Image: Kent State University at Trumbull)

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.