Tioga County Commissioners support Mansfield municipal police academy

MANSFIELD – The Tioga County Commissioners have donated $100,000 toward the operating costs of the Mansfield University Municipal Police Academy for the 2015-16 academic year. The funds are an ACT 13 grant which come from natural gas impact fee funds.

“Since 1977, the Municipal Police Academy has served the entire North Central region of Pennsylvania,” said Fran Hendricks, MU president. “Mansfield University is proud to host the Academy. This regional capability benefits our region and the Commonwealth by training individuals who wish to serve in law enforcement. We greatly appreciate the Tioga County Commissioners recognizing the Academy’s importance and their commitment to partner in its continued success.”

“One of the authorized uses of Act 13 revenues is for ‘Emergency Preparedness and Public Safety,’ ” Chair Roger Bunn said on behalf of the Tioga County Board of Commissioners. “We, as The Tioga County Board of Commissioners, feel it is vitally important to have well trained municipal police officers in our communities to meet this need. We listened to community leaders throughout Tioga County when they brought their concerns forward as they saw the impact of losing the Academy and having to reach outside north central Pennsylvania to find qualified municipal police officers. In support of this, we recognize the outstanding job done by MU in the past and are pleased that MU has agreed to reinstate the academy.”

The Academy was on hold for a year to reevaluate the operating budget and enrollment strategies after a loss of grant funding.

It was reopened in December and Christine Shegan, director of Police Services and Safety at MU, was approved as director of the Municipal Police Academy by the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC). The first class of cadets began training in May.