College of Western Idaho Accepts Applications for New Law Enforcement Program

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The College of Western Idaho is now accepting applications for a new law enforcement program, which will train students to become patrol officers or work in a jail setting. The program was approved by the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Council and will be run by retired Nampa Chief of Police LeRoy Forsman, who has been appointed as chair of the program.

The program is part of CWI’s Professional Technical Education division. All the classes will be taught by certified POST academy instructors at the college’s campus in Nampa.

Students in the program can either complete a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree or an 11-month technical certificate.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of patrol officer jobs is expected to grow 6 percent on a state and national scale between 2012-2022. A 5 percent increase is also expected for correctional officer jobs over the same time.

“Law enforcement agencies throughout the region have a need to fill open positions,” stated Forsman in a news release. “Our goal at CWI is to provide these agencies with educated, well trained people who will be the next generation of peace officers.”

The program officially begins in fall 2015, with 25 students. Applications are due by May 1. Students must be 21 years or older to test for fitness, firearms and the POST exam.