HARRISBURG – HACC’s Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center (PSC) will reach a milestone this fall with the graduation of its 100th Municipal Police Academy.
College, federal, state and local dignitaries as well as former cadets will join in a special ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the college’s Wildwood Conference Center. A reception will follow.
“Approximately 31 cadets currently enrolled in the 20-week academy are among the last cadets to use the existing facilities, which are being replaced by a state-of-the art law enforcement complex,” said Beth Dombrowsky, PSC managing director and director of Law Enforcement Training.
To mark the historic occasion, HACC is looking for one graduate from each of the classes from the 1st to the 99th to participate in a roll call and honor guard.
“We do have several of our instructors on board already to participate in this roll call,” Dombrowsky said. “However, we still have many classes unrepresented at this time.”
When the Senator Jeffrey Piccola Law Enforcement Complex opens its doors next spring as part of an ongoing $15 million renovation and expansion, the educational and training facility will include a 25-lane indoor firing range, SMART classrooms, a weight room, locker rooms, an outdoor running track, and will be Silver LEED certified for its sustainable, green construction.
Also included in the first phase construction at the 11-acre PSC complex adjacent to HACC’s Harrisburg Campus are renovations to the six-story burn building, driver training range, expanded parking lot, and additional training sites for Hazmat and other emergency situations. The second, third, and fourth phases of the master plan will expand the current capabilities of the center into new realms of technology and training possibilities. Timetables and projected costs are to be determined after the first phase is completed.
“The PSC is a key ingredient to law enforcement success in Central Pennsylvania, serving for more than 30 years as a leading provider of training that spans the breadth of the specialty,” Dombrowsky said. “HACC’s Municipal Police Academy is the second largest in Pennsylvania, and is a major supplier of police recruits in Central Pennsylvania, training between 70 and 100 cadets annually,” she added.
Former cadets who would like to participate in the 100th graduation as a class representative, or for more information about the ceremony, contact Dombrowsky at firstname.lastname@example.org.