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Kirtland Recognizes Military Police Academy Graduates

The Kirtland Military Policy Basic Training Program (MPBTP) recognized their second graduating class at a ceremony earlier this month. The nine academy cadets comprising Class 2 were joined by family, friends and staff at the Camp Grayling to honor both group and individual accomplishments.

Kirtland MPBTP Graduating Class - Front (L-R): Cody Fischer, Sean Coe, Andrew Johnson, John Scheiding, Jonathon Foster, Hal Helterhoff, Andrew Clor, Back (L-R): Director Tom Grace, Richard Cook, Brad Robinson, Matthew Brewer, Chief Duane Bean

Kirtland MPBTP Graduating Class – Front Row (L-R): Cody Fischer, Sean Coe, Andrew Johnson, John Scheiding, Jonathon Foster, Hal Helterhoff, Andrew Clor, Back Row (L-R): Director Tom Grace, Richard Cook, Brad Robinson, Matthew Brewer, Chief Duane Bean

In 2013, the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) selected Kirtland Community College as the only community college in the state to offer a new, fast-track basic police training academy for men and women who served in the armed forces as a military police officer. To-date, Kirtland has completed two MPBTP training sessions with an unprecedented 100% state licensing exam pass rate for both classes, and over 90% of Class 1 cadets have secured a Law Enforcement position since graduation. Of the nine Class 2 cadets, several have already secured positions and the remaining cadets are currently in the interview process.

Before receiving individual awards and diplomas, cadets and guests listened to speakers Tom Grace, Kirtland Academy Director, Gladwin Police Chief Duane Bean, and Class 2 cadet Matthew Brewer. “This program goes back to how we can give back to our military and the men and women who have served our country,” said Grace. “This federal initiative is about creating opportunity and all branches of the armed services have been very cooperative to make MPBTP a reality.”

In his address, Cadet Brewer thanked the families and friends who supported the cadets and the instructors who provided important training to prepare them to transition into service as a public safety officer. “When we come into law enforcement, we bring something different to the table,” said Brewer. “Law enforcement will benefit for the unique perspective each of us brings from our experiences in the military.”

Members of the MPBTP Class 2: Jason L. Bell (Westland), Matthew A. Brewer (Belleville), Andrew S. Clor (Garden City), Sean M. Coe (Grayling), Cody R. Fischer (Decatur, IL), Jonathon J. Foster (Cassopolis), Andrew R. Johnson (Gladwin), Brad R. Robinson (Riverview) and John D. Scheiding (Traverse City).

“Kirtland is excited to have the opportunity to facilitate this program. This initiative provides vets with the training, services and support they need to get back into the civilian workforce ASAP,” said Kirtland Academy director Tom Grace. “Our advisors, student financial services specialists and support services staff are up to speed on all aspects of the program. Kirtland is a military-friendly school. Our goal is to help interested vets get the maximum support available through the VA, the GI Bill and all of the resources available to our vets,” Grace added.

Kirtland-MPBTP-Class-2-1MCOLES developed a basic military police training program specific to military police veterans who are interested in transitioning to civilian policing. The MPBTP offers qualifying military police veterans the option of attending a seven week (280 hour) basic police training academy, rather than the full course of study. Curriculum includes legal matters, patrol procedures, detention, police skills, traffic, and special operations. Any military police veteran interested in this program must meet all MCOLES pre-employment standards, including passing the physical fitness test (exit standard), and the reading/writing examination.

In addition, applicants must:

  • Have performed as a military police officer for a minimum of 2080 hours in a specified law enforcement occupational specialty (MOS);
  • Have satisfactorily completed military police training at a federal service school;
  • Possess an honorable discharge or be currently serving;
  • Have discontinued employment in the specified law enforcement MOS for no more than five years before the start of the program;
  • Have proof of Professional Rescuer certification that is valid throughout the duration of the MPBTP.

Complete information about the federal educational benefit programs available to veterans, dependents, and selected reservists is available on Kirtland’s website at http://www.kirtland.edu/paying-for-college/veterans-educational-benefits. Or, call (989) 275-5000, ext. 257, to speak to a Student Financial Services advisor trained to help veterans access the programs and funding sources available to offset tuition costs.

More information about upcoming Kirtland MPBTP sessions is available by contacting 989-275-5000, ext. 348. Current information about the MPBTP training programs is available on the MCOLES website at http://www.michigan.gov/mcoles/0,4607,7-229–292550–,00.html.

Annually, more than 3,000 students attend a variety of occupational, skilled trades, two-year and transfer degree programs at Kirtland’s locations near Roscommon, Kirtland-Gaylord, Kirtland-West Branch and in Tawas.  Kirtland also offers a wide range of online courses and degrees, all of which can be completed from home.

To learn more about Kirtland’s veteran-friendly services, programs, advising, testing, financial aid and other services available to students, contact Michelle Devine, Admissions Coordinator, at 989-275-5000 extension 284 or visit http://www.kirtland.edu.