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FLINT TWP. — Shana McCallum, a recently hired township police officer, was among 15 recruits who graduated last week from the Mott Community College Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy (LERTA) for the Winter 2016 term.

Winter 2016 represents LERTA’s seventh session since the Academy offered its first class in September 2012. The Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy, operating under the authority of Chief Theresa Stephens-Lock, Executive Director of MCC’s Department of Public Safety, trains individuals interested in pursuing law enforcement careers.

LERTA is a 16-week, intensive program that meets the Michigan Commission of Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) training requirements and prepares students for the Law Enforcement Licensing Examination. LERTA holds two sessions each year, designed to coincide with the Fall and Winter Semesters at MCC.

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.

Officer McCallum is also a graduate of South Lyon High School and Oakland Community College where she earned an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Madonna University and a master’s degree in Law Enforcement Intelligence and analysis from Michigan State University.

Her first day of work was Monday, May 2.

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