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SUNY Canton Police Academy Emphasizes De-Escalation Tactics

Friday, January 12th, 2018

The St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy begins its 23rd session with an emphasis on de-escalation tactics.

More than a dozen future law enforcement professionals began their training on Monday, Jan. 8, representing agencies from across the North Country.

academy cadets Gregory J. Anderson, a future St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputy, and Joshua Belile

Pictured from left are SUNY Canton police academy cadets Gregory J. Anderson, a future St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputy, and Joshua Belile, a Homeland Security major enrolled in the pre-employment portion of the academy.

According to Academy Director Joseph Brown, a SUNY Canton alumnus and a retired Massena Police Department investigator, this year’s class will learn new ways to defuse potentially dangerous situations without the use of force.

“Our cadets study of police responses,” Brown said. “In cases that end in violence, we evaluate the situation to see what could be done to de-escalate the situation verbally to bring a mutually successful end to the encounter.”

Potsdam Village Police Officer First Class Matthew A. Seymour teaches the first section of the SUNY Canton David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy.

Potsdam Village Police Officer First Class Matthew A. Seymour teaches the first section of the SUNY Canton David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy.

The academy also includes a special emphasis on community police practices, including fair and impartial policing. Brown explained that communication is key in any dealings with the public. The cadets are trained in a variety of ways to successfully bring a situation a situation of potential conflict to a positive resolution. “Body language, attention and empathy are all crucial,” he said.

New courses implemented by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services include professional communications, procedural justice and decision making. These courses further support the academy’s current focus.

Cadets are also trained in opioid intervention and the administration of the life-saving drug Naloxone, also known as Narcan, during the first-responder section of the academy.

Tewasherake Barnes, a future St. Regis Tribal Police officer, putting a tourniquet on Anthony Mossow, a future Norfolk Town Police officer.

SUNY Canton David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy cadets learn life-saving techniques during the EMS section of the semester-long training. Pictured is Tewasherake Barnes, a future St. Regis Tribal Police officer, putting a tourniquet on Anthony Mossow, a future Norfolk Town Police officer.

“We equip our cadets with an advanced skillset they will need for their careers,” said SUNY Canton University Police Chief Alan P. Mulkin. “The majority of our courses are taught by active law enforcement officers. The men and women enrolled in our academy learn from the professionals they will be serving with when they graduate.”

SUNY Canton’s Law Enforcement Academy Training is offered in two phases. Phase one offers pre-employment training and encompasses the majority of skills necessary to become a police officer. Cadets are then eligible to complete phase two upon becoming a sworn police officer. Phase two includes, firearms, and counter terrorism training, advanced police arrest techniques, among other topics.

SUNY Canton is one of a select few academies in New York State to offer this comprehensive two-part training, which greatly benefits North Country agencies.

Students in law enforcement related programs can opt to take phase one of the training to meet their academic requirements. Those students are often recruited to fill vacancies at area police agencies, which then qualifies them to complete the academy and begin employment immediately after graduation.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are joining the North Atlantic Conference beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.

SUNY Canton Police Academy Sees Largest Class of North Country Officers

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

The St. Lawrence County-David Sullivan Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton is in full swing with the largest class in its 22-year history.

Area police agencies have sponsored 28 cadets to become police officers when they complete their training in June. An additional three students from the SUNY Canton’s Law Enforcement Leadership program are completing their education through the academy.

Kyle Fink teaches a class to 31 cadets.

Pictured is Potsdam Police Officer Kyle E. Fink teaching a penal law class to 31 cadets enrolled in the SUNY Canton David Sullivan-St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy.

“We are the only academy for sworn law enforcement officers in St. Lawrence County,” noted Joseph W. Brown, director of operations for the Law Enforcement Academy. “We have cadets representing almost every law enforcement agency in the county and a half dozen future officers from Lewis and Hamilton counties. We also have two participants from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police.”

Certified professional police officers present the majority of courses at the Academy. In many cases those officers are also graduates of SUNY Canton. Brown is a 1988 graduate of the college and is a retired Massena Police Department investigator.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells, who is a 1980 SUNY Canton alumnus, said his office is currently sponsoring three cadets who will become deputies when they complete the rigorous training.

Two cadets sit in a police cruiser.

Law Enforcement Academy Cadets Justin G. O’Connor and Corey M. Ryan check out one SUNY Canton’s University Police vehicles. After completing the academy, O’Connor will join the SUNY Potsdam University Police Department and Ryan will join the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department.

“The Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton is a valuable resource to the north country agencies,” Wells said. “This is demonstrated by the mixture of departments represented by this group of cadets. We are proud of our continued ability to turn out highly trained personnel and by the quality and professionalism of the instructors.”

SUNY Canton’s Law Enforcement Academy Training is offered in two phases. Phase one offers pre-employment training and encompasses the majority of skills necessary to become a police officer.  Cadets then are eligible to complete phase two upon becoming a sworn police officer. Phase two includes, firearms, and counter terrorism training, advanced police arrest techniques, among other topics. The academy also includes a special emphasis on community police practices including fair and impartial policing.

Students in law enforcement related programs can opt to take phase one of the training to meet their applied learning requirements. As SUNY Canton students participate in phase one, they are often recruited to fill vacancies at area police agencies, which then qualifies them to participate in phase two of the training.

“We are currently one of a few select academies in New York State that offer this comprehensive training,” said SUNY Canton Chief of University Police Alan P. Mulkin. “Phase two of our Academy is available for students who complete their introductory coursework once they have been selected for employment.”

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.