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Penn State Fayette to Develop Training for Pennsylvania’s Deputy Sheriffs

12/21/2009 —

Through a competitive bidding/proposal process, Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus’ Center for Community and Public Safety was awarded a six-year contract with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Commission on Crime and Delinquency to develop the curriculum for deputy sheriffs on a statewide basis.

The curriculum includes the initial 760-hour training course and the bi-annual 20-hour in-service and continuing education courses. While University Park has been delivering the courses, this is the first time that a Penn State University campus has been awarded the development contract. The development of this curriculum will help to further strengthen Penn State Fayette as a provider of criminal justice training and education.

Ted Mellors, director of the Center for Community and Public Safety at Penn State Fayette, explains, “The courses that we will be developing cover the spectrum of law enforcement training and education from use of force topics to cultural diversity issues. Our first step is to conduct a comprehensive training needs analysis in order to get a feel for what the deputies consider to be of primary importance in their daily duties serving their respective counties and Court of Common Pleas.”

Joe Segilia, director of Outreach at Penn State Fayette, adds, “We are proud to be the recipient of this curriculum development grant. Ted Mellors and the staff at our Center for Community and Public Safety worked very diligently to meet the specifics of the grant requirements. This is another example of Penn State Fayette’s Office of Outreach and Continuing Education responding to the training and development needs of the various professional communities we serve. We look forward to a very successful implementation of the grant.”

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