Student Officers Graduate from PGCC Municipal Police Academy

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Article by: Mona M. Rock,

LARGO, Md.—After months of intensive training, 22 trainees will graduate from the Prince George's Community College Municipal Police Academy, Wednesday, October 12, at 7 p.m. in Rennie Forum at Prince George’s Community College’s Largo campus.

Spotlighted for their outstanding work, seven of the graduates will receive special recognition at the ceremony including the Major Larry L. Shanks Leadership Award, awards for scholastic achievement, firearms, physical fitness, emergency vehicle operations and outstanding student.

“Our graduates have received the best training available from an excellent cadre of instructors representing many agencies, and they are prepared to make a positive difference in our local communities,” said Lieutenant Diane Salen, program director of Public Safety and Security Institute and Police Academy at Prince George’s Community College. “After years of service as an officer with Prince George’s County Police Department, with many of those spent in the training environment, I am very impressed with the hard work and dedication that I have seen from this class. They will be an incredible asset to the agencies and the communities that they will serve,” she added.

The graduates hail from the Prince George's Community College Police Department, Hyattsville City Police Department, Laurel City Police Department, Bladensburg Police Department, Morgan State University Police Department, DC Protective Services and Amtrak Police Department.

Chief Doug Holland of the Hyattsville City Police Department will deliver the commencement speech.

Founded in 1989 and certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission, Prince George's Community College Municipal Police Academy is a 24-week, full-time program. Student officers are trained in law enforcement operations and functions including firearms and emergency vehicle training. Upon successful completion, student officers will be eligible for hire by most Maryland law enforcement agencies. They also earn up to 15 credits toward an academic degree.

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at  


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