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New Recruits Join SUNY Plattsburgh Police Department

SUNY Plattsburgh Police Department welcomed four new recruits to its ranks in October. Taking the oath of office were Jared Booth of Beekmantown, who received a Bachelor of Applied Science in forestry from Paul Smith’s College in 2011; Joshua Coons of Ellenburg Depot, who received a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology in 2010 and a Master of Science in environmental science in 2013 from SUNY Plattsburgh; Ashley Feldt of Ogdensburg, who received a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2013 from Siena College; and David “DJ” Lyons of Livingston, who received an Associate degree in applied science from Columbia-Greene Community College in 2012.

While Coons, Feldt and Booth recently began their professional training at the Plattsburgh Police Department’s Zone 9 Police Training Academy, Lyons finished his training in 2013 from the Zone 14 Law Enforcement Academy in Hudson, N.Y.

Training is provided according to New York Division of Criminal Justice Services mandates and results in more than 639 hours of training per recruit. Many of the academy instructors are officers from the Plattsburgh Police Department and have been highly trained by some of the best schools in the country. Though physically and mentally rigorous, the academy provides new recruits excellent professional and personal experience, both professionally and personally. After academy graduation, the recruits will complete a minimum of 400 hours over 10 weeks of supervised field training. The training is in compliance with the standards set by the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). Senior members of the University Police Department who are certified by DCJS will serve as Field Training Officers for the recruits.

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