The third class of 19 cadets in the Police Entry Level Training Program (PELTP) will graduate at 1 p.m. today in the Great Hall of Carroll Community College's annex campus, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.
The college and the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions jointly offer the program.
The cadets will be commissioned at the graduation ceremony. They will receive a certificate from PELTP and a Letter of Recognition in Criminal Justice from the college.
The Letter of Recognition will allow them to convert their 760 hours of training into college credits, which they may apply toward an associate degree in the Criminal Justice - Arts and Sciences transfer program at CCC.
William Crabill, on-site training program manager, said it is a growing trend in the law enforcement field for officers to have an associate in arts degree and/or a bachelor's degree.
The graduates and their job placements:
Baltimore City sheriff's office: Crevon Adams, Kirk Anderson, John Divel, Clifton Matthews.
Maryland Department of Public Safety, Central Home Detention: Annette Hopson, Paris Lee, Lonnie Sessoms, Daniel Stielper.
Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center: William Jackson.
Cumberland Police Department: Amanda Glass, Andrew Tichnell.
Frostburg Police Department: James Sites.
Hampstead Police Department: Russell Halterman.
Maryland state fire marshal's office: Edward Ernst, Glenn Ruch.
Rockville Police Department: Michelle Romesburg, Steven Skelly.
University of Maryland in Baltimore: James Beck.
Westminster City Police Department: Douglas McAllister.
Before admission into the program, cadets must take hiring tests and be accepted by a state, county or city law enforcement agency as an employee.
They then take one PELTP 19-week training class per year (760 hours). The training program staff includes a full-time on-site manager, four full-time instructors and one full-time administrative assistant.
Those interested in a career in law enforcement should contact their local police department to determine job availability, Crabill said.