The Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy is immediately accepting applications for its next class of sworn recruits and pre-employment students.
A mandatory information session addressing the requirements, responsibilities and expectations for serious candidates will be held Wednesday, March 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 127 of Dunleavy Hall, located on the Niagara University campus. Only candidates that attend the March 14 orientation session and submit a completed information packet that evening will be permitted to attend the physical fitness test - a required component of the application process.
Founded in 1973, the NCLEA was originally formed to serve the police agencies of Niagara County, but is now assisting law enforcement departments in Erie, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming and Livingston counties as well. Last February, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office and the Niagara Falls Police Department announced that the NCLEA would be relocated from Niagara County Community College to Niagara University, making NU the only four-year, private college in New York to host a full-time police academy. Its first class graduated in August.
Administered through Niagara University's Office of Continuing Education, the NCLEA trains sworn officers and has been approved by the Division of Criminal Justice Services to train pre-employment recruits. It is designed for current civilians throughout New York state who are interested in entering the law enforcement field.
Due to the typically high volume of applications and the limited number of openings for the academy, interested individuals are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Veterans and/or active military personnel who would like to inquire about using family benefits to enroll in the NCLEA should contact Robert Healy, NU's veterans' services coordinator, at 716-286-8341 or [email protected].