The Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy (FLLEA) began its 2023 training session this week at the Finger Lakes Community College main campus in Canandaigua.
FLLEA has provided training for police and peace officers for agencies in six counties over the last 35 years. It moved to the FLCC main campus for this year to accommodate a larger class and build closer ties with the college’s criminal justice degree program.
The academy students will use an FLCC lecture hall and athletic facilities through the summer before completing their final six weeks in field training with their respective agencies. Graduation will be held in October. Firearms training will be held at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office range, not the FLCC campus.
This is the largest ever class due to the high demand for police officers and sheriff’s deputies, according to John Falbo, chief deputy for the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office and chair of the academy.
Regional police agencies, including the FLCC campus police, have enrolled a total of 35 new hires in the program.
The partnership will allow for informal interaction between FLCC degree and certificate students and the law enforcement academy students. The academy and college are developing a plan to grant college credit to academy graduates who want to pursue a criminal justice degree.
“This partnership is a natural extension of the collaboration between FLCC’s academic program and the law enforcement community, and it opens doors to students of both programs,” said Robert Nye, FLCC president.
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