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SUNY Canton Starts New Corrections Academy for Summer 2019

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

SUNY Canton is launching a brand-new corrections academy as part of its full lineup of Criminal Justice-related academic programs.

The college has entered into an agreement with the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, and the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to create the SUNY Canton Corrections Academy, which will both prepare current and future corrections officers for their careers.

SUNY Canton, St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office badge, and NYS DCJS logo

“We are looking forward to this partnership with SUNY Canton as we endeavor to establish a basic academy that produces the most capable and professional officers entering our facilities,” said St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells.

It is the second corrections academy linked with a college in New York State, but is the first to expand its traditional academic offerings to encompass this employment field.

“What sets our academy apart is that our students can enroll for college credit,” said Elizabeth A. Brown, Ph.D., a professor in the college’s Criminal Investigation program. “We will offer a four-credit culminating experience course in corrections which will be open to students who want to become corrections officers. Half of the available seats will be reserved for SUNY students.”

A student could enroll in the corrections academy and also potentially enroll in the David Sullivan St. Lawrence County Law Enforcement Academy as part of their SUNY Canton education.  The arrangement could lead to a four-year degree with pre-certifications as both a corrections officer and police officer, Brown said.

Currently, corrections officers attend the basic academy on site at the St. Lawrence County Corrections facility, according to Rodney Votra, programs director and training coordinator for the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.

“The most important benefit of working with SUNY Canton is that we can now place corrections officers in a professional classroom setting,” Votra said. “Similar to the college’s established law enforcement academy, this new offering will instill the pride, structure and discipline necessary to be successful in the corrections profession.”

The inaugural academy will run from June 3 to July 3, 2019, coinciding with SUNY Canton’s second Summerterm session. The college will also be offering two upper-level online corrections management courses allowing students to earn as many as 10 credits. Cadets can opt to live in Kennedy Hall Suites during the academy.

 

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 digital design, engineering technology, health, management and public service. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY’s leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 15 online degree programs. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. For more information, visit www.canton.edu.

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.

Gov. Cuomo’s Citizen Preparedness Corps Empowers North Country Residents to Respond to Disasters

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

More than 250 North Country residents learned how to prepare for disasters at the Citizen Preparedness Corps training hosted at SUNY Canton on Saturday, April 5.

National Guard members presented on proactive planning solutions to help respond to disasters. More than 250 people attended the training at SUNY Canton.

National Guard members presented on proactive planning solutions to help respond to disasters. More than 250 people attended the training at SUNY Canton.

New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo started the trainings with a goal of preparing 100,000 New York residents to protect themselves, their families and their neighbors if an emergency strikes. Members of the state’s National Guard presented a variety of ways to help residents to be proactive.

New York State Assemblymember Addie J. Russell said, “This initiative is about teaching New Yorkers what they can do in their own homes and for their neighbors to prepare for and respond to future emergencies. This is a truly visionary approach when you think about it – building a smarter, safer New York from the ground up.”

New York State Assemblymember Addie J. Russell personally thanked area Boy Scouts for attending the Citizen Preparedness Corps training.

New York State Assemblymember Addie J. Russell personally thanked area Boy Scouts for attending the Citizen Preparedness Corps training.

Among the emergencies that attendants learned about included natural, man-made and technological. The National Guard members recommended advanced planning with all family members before an emergency strikes.

“It is important to get the message out that anyone can prepare for emergencies,” said Michael J. LeCuyer, St. Lawrence County emergency services director. “Some things will be beyond people’s control and they may need assistance from emergency services, but we want to empower people to take care of emergencies on their own. By doing so we can provide better services to those who need it the most.”

Additional tips from the two-hour training included stocking up on food and water for at least 7 to 10 days. Typically, residents should save a gallon of water per person per day. Additionally, trainers advised photographing personal items of value and have important documents on hand and safely protected from water and fire.

Pictured are area preparedness experts (L to R) Fire Protection Specialist Christopher Taylor from the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Region III Office of Emergency Management Director Bruce Jordan, New York State Police Lieutenant Troy J. Granmoe, St. Lawrence County Emergency Services Director Michael J. LeCuyer, and St Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells.

Pictured are area preparedness experts (L to R) Fire Protection Specialist Christopher Taylor from the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Region III Office of Emergency Management Director Bruce Jordan, New York State Police Lieutenant Troy J. Granmoe, St. Lawrence County Emergency Services Director Michael J. LeCuyer, and St Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells.

“The importance of this training is neighbors taking care of neighbors,” Said St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells, who is a 1980 graduate of SUNY Canton. “If we don’t help each other, what are we going to do? We are in an isolated part of the state and we need to take care of ourselves.”

SUNY Canton has majors in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. It is also home to the North Country Emergency Medical Services Program Agency. The Citizen Preparedness Corps training fits well within the scope of the programs and services offered at the College.

The College is vying to house the State’s College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cyber Security through a partnership with Clarkson University, Potsdam. The Colleges would become the first in the nation devoted to homeland security and would establish integrated education, training and research in a comprehensive public-private partnership.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier College for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The College delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management, and public service to students in the North Country, New York State, and beyond. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete in state-of-the-art facilities as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.