New officer graduates from police academy

FLINT TWP. — Molly Marlatt, a township police recruit hired in January, was one of 14 graduates in a ceremony held last Thursday by the Mott Community College Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy (LERTA), according to a press release.

Marlatt joined the township force on January 12 as an uncertified entry-level officer. Now that she has completed LERTA, she will begin about four months of field training.

Before joining the department, Marlatt earned an associate’s degree in general science from Delta Community College and a 2013 Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University, according to a biography provided by Chief George Sippert when she was hired.

Marlatt filled one of eight budgeted vacancies on the police force.

The Winter 2015 term was LERTA’s sixth session since the Academy began in September 2012. Operating under the authority of Chief Theresa Stephens-Lock, Executive Director of MCC’s Department of Public Safety, LERTA trains individuals interested in pursuing law enforcement careers.

The 16-week, intensive program meets the Michigan Commission of Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) training requirements and prepares students for the Law Enforcement Licensing Examination.

LERTA is a professional learning environment designed to give the basic training and education needed to begin a career in law enforcement. Academic excellence and personal integrity are stressed during the Academy. Recruits are mentally and physically challenged on a daily basis. The learning environment is a combination of traditional classroom instruction, skill area instruction and practical exercises conducted by members of the LERTA staff as well as regional instructors.

LERTA is conducted twice each year during MCC’s Fall and Winter semesters (1 training class/semester). Anyone interested in enrollment in the Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy should review the MCOLES Requirements for Law Enforcement Officers at www.michigan. gov/mcoles.

LERTA is located at MCC’s Southern Lakes Branch Center at 2100 Thompson Road in Fenton.

For more information, visit or call (810) 410-1900. — R.S.

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