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ACADEMY AT SLCC EXPANDING

Salt Lake Community College's Law Enforcement Academy is expanding.

Not only is the academy moving into larger facilities at 1521 E. 3900 South, but two of its programs - the 911 dispatch academy and the emergency medical technician program - are growing with it.Formerly housed in the old South High building at 1575 S. State, the academy's new Millcreek home is scheduled for a late September completion, coinciding with the beginning of the school's fall quarter Sept. 25.

Connie Anast, secretary to the director of the SLCC Law Enforcement Academy, said graduates of the emergency medical technician program will now get basic-level certification on automatic defibrillators - machines used to jump- start a patient's failing heart. Members of last year's spring class can contact the academy to get the certification free of charge. EMTs who need to be recertified will also receive the training.

The other expansion comes in the academy's 11-week 911 dispatch program. More day in-service classes and additional night classes will be offered, Anast said.

Another change involves police officer training.

The academy has combined with the criminal justice program to offer potential police officers the opportunity to gain an associate's degree that also ends with police certification. "So, once they graduate from the program, they will have a marketable degree," Anast said.

Applicants must be 21, have a high school diploma, a clean criminal record and complete a certification program like the one at SLCC.

The college currently offers two types of certifications for police officers:

Special functions reserve officer: an officer only when on duty, cannot carry a firearm; an 11-week program.

Basic peace officer: an officer 24 hours a day, can carry a firearm, must complete the initial 11-week special functions reserve officer training followed by an additional 18-week training.

In addition to the academy, the Millcreek center, formerly the Brigham Young University center, will house some 200 general education classes as well as continuing and community education classes. The center is large enough to serve as many as 3,000 students.