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Cazenovia College Police Academy partners with Madison County Sheriff’s Office

Posted 11/19/22

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is now a sponsoring agency for the Cazenovia College’s Police Academy.

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Cazenovia College Police Academy partners with Madison County Sheriff’s Office

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CAZENOVIA — The Madison County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is now a sponsoring agency for the Cazenovia College’s Police Academy. Going forward, the program will be known as the Madison County Regional Pre-employment Police Academy at Cazenovia College.

“Partnering with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office allows us to grow our program,” noted Lt. Kevin Feola of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and new director of the Madison County Regional Pre-employment Police Academy at Cazenovia College. “The Sheriff’s Office is larger and has more departments and people who can contribute to training cadets in areas like the K9 unit, criminal investigations, drug enforcement, and more.”

“We are glad to be partnering with Cazenovia College,” stated Madison County Sheriff Todd Hood. “Police departments across the country are experiencing a shortage of officers due to a variety of factors, and Madison County is no exception. This partnership will assist us in filling those gaps while providing cadets with more opportunities in training and job placement.”

With the support of the MCSO, Cazenovia College is also planning to expand their programming to include a corrections academy.

“There also continues to be a need for corrections officers at the Madison County correctional facility, so it makes sense to work with Cazenovia to build this program,” Hood said. Corporal Mike Currier, the assistant director of the police academy and training coordinator of the MCSO, will be integral in building this program with his extensive experience in corrections, officials said.

The course work will be directed to individuals interested in job functions that facilitate the custody, safety, and security of adults in jails.

Madison County Regional Pre-employment Police Academy at Cazenovia College meets all requirements established by the State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) while allowing cadets to continue his/her current employment and other responsibilities with limited intrusion, the college reported. A graduate is eligible to be hired anywhere in New York State upon completion.

Cadets also have the option to earn 18 undergraduate college credits and a certificate in Law Enforcement along with the pre-employment certificate at no additional charge.

The next Madison County Regional Pre-employment Police Academy at Cazenovia College session will begin in September 2023.

Financial aid is available to students who meet eligibility. For further information go to www.cazenovia.edu/police or call 315-655-7222.

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