With brand new IU Police Department badges trimmed with a crimson ribbon, 41 cadets are now Indiana University law enforcement officers following graduating from the IU Police Academy on August 10. The two-year program allows full-time IU students to work in a law enforcement agency while earning their degree. Unique in the nation, the program provides not only valuable law enforcement training but also more than 600 hours of instruction.
"Our graduates are accredited as a state certified law enforcement officer with full police authority," said Brad Seifers, university director for IU Emergency Management and Continuity and IU Police Academy alumnus. "This class of 2019 joins more than 1,200 graduates who have gone on to amazing and diverse careers in law enforcement and other related fields. The experience and education these officers receive through IU sets them up well for a successful career in whatever area they may choose."
A testament to the fact that IU Police Academy graduates find successful careers were several special guests from the academy's class of 1994 who were celebrating their 25th reunion. From working in local police department to the FBI to non law enforcement fields, the members of the class of 94 celebrated their careers to date and reminisced about their own time in the academy.
"As an IU Police Academy graduate myself having the experience and accreditation from the academy gave me and my fellow graduates a leg up in the job market when we graduated 25 years ago," Seifers said. "Having a certificate from the academy made finding a job relatively easy and many of us had agencies recruiting us to their teams."
Let's catch up with a couple members of the class of 94 to see where their careers have taken them…