Kent Trumbull Police Academy Graduates First Academic Class 

The Trumbull Campus launched the Peace Officers’ Training Academy certificate credit program in Fall 2020 with 21 students graduating in Spring 2021. 

Kent State University at Trumbull has operated the police academy as a non-credit training program for over 15 years and has graduated over 1,000 cadets since 2006.  In 2020, the program made a very significant stride forward by implementing an academic credit certificate program with students attaining 22 credit hours upon completion of the academy.   Students can use these 22 credit hours toward the Peace Officers’ Training Academy concentration in the Associate of Criminology and Justice Studies degree. 

Spring graduates were grateful to complete the new credit program while overcoming logistical obstacles caused by the pandemic.

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

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

The university is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and has made it a focus of the curriculum moving forward.   

“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, Kent State University.         

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Pictured, left-right: James Willock, 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.

POSTED: Thursday, June 03, 2021 09:47 AM
UPDATED: Friday, December 09, 2022 03:05 PM