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DCC to Host MT Law Enforcement Academy Program on Campus

DCC to Host MT Law Enforcement Academy Program on Campus

Under an agreement with the Montana Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) and Montana Public Safety Officer Standards and Training Council (POST), Dawson Community College will begin holding the Pre-Trial Basic Academy on the College’s campus.

The Pre-Trial Basic Academy is for a new classification of officer, identified by MLEA/POST as Misdemeanor Probation and Pre-Trial Services. MLEA/POST hosted the first Pre-Trial Basic Academy in Helena in 2019.

“We’re very pleased that the Montana Law Enforcement Academy and Peace Officer Standards and Training Council partnered with DCC on this opportunity,” said Rick SyWassink, DCC Criminal Justice instructor. “Any type of training that Dawson is able to offer will help strengthen the law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Resources are often limited, especially in many of the smaller police departments and sheriff’s offices. Providing another option for training can help ease that burden on departments and officers’ families.”

The Pre-Trial Basic Academy consists of 140 hours of instructional time; 20 hours are completed online, and the rest are in the classroom. There are over 30 topics covered in the course, including, but not limited to, ethics, constitutional law, dangerous drugs, supervising sex offenders, self-defense, and motivational interviewing. DCC will not only be providing classroom space and room and board for attendees, but instructors and instruction as well. The first Pre-Trial Basic Academy hosted by DCC will begin in June.

For more information, contact Rick SyWassink at 406-377-9432 or rsywassink@dawson.edu.