Niagara County Legislator Dave Godfrey and Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti on Thursday announced plans are underway to relocate the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy (NCLEA) to the campus of Niagara County Community College (NCCC). The NCLEA is currently located at Niagara University.
“The NCLEA successfully operated at NCCC for many years, and now the time is right to move it back there for several reasons, including putting both the program and its location under county control,” said Godfrey, chairman of the community safety committee. “We are still working through some details, but it is clear both the Sheriff’s Office and NCCC want this to happen, and the Niagara County Legislature will undoubtedly support this.”
Filicetti said the timing makes sense because his office has a grant from New York State Sen. Robert Ortt that may be able to be used for the effort.
“We have a design firm right now working on the concept and we have been talking with the NCCC board and administration about putting the academy in other space in the interim,” he said. “The stars seem to aligning on several fronts with everyone involved eager to make this move happen and funds available for the effort.”
Filicetti thanked Niagara University for years of partnership.
“When the law enforcement academy was moved from NCCC to Niagara University, it was done in the best interest of our students and we have had a great working relationship with the NU administration,” he said. “Now, the opportunities afforded our students by returning to NCCC make the most sense and we look forward to a bright future for the NCLEA.”