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Marianas Variety: Police academy graduates earn 39 college credits (June 31, 2018)

THE 32 Department of Public Safety Police Academy cadets who graduated on Friday earned a total of 39 college credits at Northern Marianas College.

Several college classes were integrated into the academy training as part of the collaboration between NMC and DPS, and these included constitutional law, criminal investigation and report writing.

The 32 new police officers earned a certification of completion in basic law enforcement from NMC after completing these classes.

Having 39 college credits places them more than halfway to their college degrees, NMC said. An associate degree from NMC requires the completion of 60 college credits.

“We are very proud of all the cadets and their accomplishments,” said NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez. “By completing 39 college credits at NMC, they are well on their way to completing their college degrees within a year.”

Fernandez said this is the second police academy cycle conducted in collaboration with DPS.

“We’re thankful for the partnership we have with DPS Commissioner Robert Guerrero in enhancing and expanding the training opportunities for our police officers,” Fernandez added.

In addition to providing college instruction, NMC made academic advising, administrative support, counseling, computer lab access, library access, and other services available to the police cadets.

Fernandez acknowledged the instructors who taught as part of the academy training and also thanked NMC’s criminal justice coordinator, Zerlyn Taimanao, for her leadership in coordinating the program.

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