WSU Police Academy Signs Training Partnership with HAFB

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University’s Law Enforcement Academy students soon will have use of additional training facilities and resources at Hill Air Force Base.

The university and HAFB recently signed a public/private partnership agreement, giving cadets access to buildings and facilities that provide the realistic training scenarios law enforcement officers must be prepared to face, such as building searches, domestic violence calls and responding to crimes in progress.

WSU’s vice provost and dean of Continuing Education Bruce Davis and Col. Ronald Jolly, 75th Air Base Wing commander, Hill Air Force Base, signed the agreement, which took more than two years to complete.

"This is a win, win for both Weber State University and Hill Air Force Base," Jolly said. "Partnering with the university allows their students to receive more training and to be better prepared as future law enforcement officers."

The Law Enforcement Academy is located in the WSU Center for Continuing Education, 775 University Park Blvd, Clearfield, just south of the HAFB entrance.

“We are proud of our long association with Hill Air Force Base and appreciate the many contributions the U.S. Air Force makes in defending our nation and strengthening our community,” Davis said. “This partnership marks an important milestone in our ongoing relationship and will result in cost savings and greater efficiencies for both Hill Air Force Base and Weber State University.”

Finding new ways to support and assist veterans is a goal of Weber State and the academy. In the last few years, 50 veterans have graduated from the academy.

“For many years, students have provided their own equipment and uniforms, a cost that became prohibitive to many veterans,” said Jack Rickards, academy director. “The academy generated support to provide veterans their equipment and uniforms at no cost, thus allowing many to get the education and experience required to begin law enforcement careers.”

The Law Enforcement Academy is a satellite of Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training. Established in 1984, the academy provides three different certifications: Special Functions Officer, Basic Corrections Officer and Law Enforcement Officer. Graduates of the Law Enforcement Academy can be found working as police and corrections officers throughout Utah and the western United States.

For more information about the academy, visit continue.weber.edu/policeacademy.

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Contact:

Jack Rickards, Law Enforcement Academy director
801-395-3411 • jackrickards@weber.edu

Author:

Allison Barlow Hess, Director of Public Relations
801-626-7948 • ahess@weber.edu