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The Police Recertification Program launches at Post University as the only asynchronous, virtual police recertification program in Connecticut

WATERBURY, CT – (September 22, 2021) – Post University has expanded its roster of professional development offerings with the launch of the Police Recertification Program, a virtual police recertification program for Connecticut’s local law enforcement agencies. The fully online and asynchronous program is the only one of its kind offered by a higher education institution in the state.

On Wednesday, September 22 at 1:30 p.m., the University will host a kick-off reception for the new program in its Downtown Waterbury campus located at 140 Bank Street. Dozens of chiefs and officers representing municipal police training departments, as well as business leaders and elected officials will attend the announcement.

With the establishment of the School of Continuing Education earlier this year, Post University reinforced its commitment to supporting lifelong learning. The school will provide programs for employees looking to upskill, as well as businesses and corporations who require customized training programs to bridge the skills gap.

“By forging close partnerships with the professional world, Post can ensure its programs address the needs of employers and create continuing education curriculum that provides businesses with long-term competitiveness, innovation and skill renewal,” said Post University CEO & President John L. Hopkins. “The Police Recertification Program is a continuing education program that should have a broad appeal with municipal police training departments across the state of Connecticut.”

Each Post University Police Recertification course meets the POST-C review training credit requirements as approved by Connecticut’s Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST-C), Field Services Training Division.

“Recertification for police officers no longer needs to detract from the job itself,” said Post University Police Recertification Program Coordinator Salvatore Nesci. “Our flexible learning modality provides law enforcement departments the opportunity to enroll in training courses without removing police officers from their duties and functions. We are excited to provide police officers with the exciting way to secure their recertification.”

Developed by highly trained public safety experts, the self-paced virtual courses are provided in a mobile-responsive, interactive platform designed for maximum knowledge retention. There are 10 courses currently available for individual or group enrollment, including Cultural Diversity and Awareness Area 412, Implicit Bias Area 419 and Effective Communication Area 401. The program will offer 28 courses, totaling more than 35 training hours.

Post University School of Continuing Education Dean Dawn Sherman believes the timing is perfect for fully online courses. “Our officers are managing social and cultural changes, as well as unique challenges presented by COVID-19,” said Sherman. “Our program will not only reinforce key community relations concepts but will do so in a way that ensures their success.”

To learn more about the School of Continuing Education at Post University or the Recertification Program, please visit Post.edu/pd or schoolofcontinuinged@post.edu.