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WCCCD increases security standards with Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement police certification

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An increase in security officers and training standards are two benefits of the transition to Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards by Wayne County

Community College District for some of its officers.

The certification will add additional requirements to the current P.A.330 WCCCD had used to provide guidelines to its security training. MCOLES curriculum for certification requires a minimum of 560 hours of law enforcement training compared to 120 hours of training required under the current standard. The standard also confers full law enforcement authority on the WCCCD Police Authority, makes it possible for the WCCCD to apply for certain grants and provides greater access to law enforcement databases.

Lieutenant Pride Johnson is being sworn in by WCCCD Police Authority Chief, Darrick D. Muhammad, at a regular WCCCD Board of Trustees meeting. WCCCD PHOTO

Lieutenant Pride Johnson is being sworn in by WCCCD Police Authority Chief, Darrick D. Muhammad, at a regular WCCCD Board of Trustees meeting. WCCCD PHOTO

“We have long provided a full array of public safety programs and a close collaboration with multiple law enforcement departments in the District,” said WCCCD Chancellor Dr. Curtis L. Ivery. “The MCOLES curriculum enhances that collaboration and also provides more training and more officers to ensure our top priority — the safety of our students, staff and the community — on and around our campuses.”

The new security measures include having more police officers and expanding their jurisdiction beyond the school and into the surrounding neighborhoods. WCCCD also uses modern technology and an extensive 24/7 monitoring system that features video cameras located throughout the campuses. Dispatchers are able to observe activities on campus to ensure safety for students, staff and visitors.

“We are pleased to be working with the cities of Detroit, Taylor, Van Buren Township, and Harper Woods’ police departments, as well as the Wayne County Sherriff in launching this increased safety effort,” said WCCCD Director of Public Safety Darrick D. Muhammad.

The MCOLES police certification is the same level of authority other Michigan universities and colleges have adopted including Wayne State University, Oakland University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University and others.

WCCCD is the largest urban community college in Michigan. Its multi-campus district includes five campus locations, the Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center and the Michigan Institute for Public Safety Education. WCCCD serves nearly 80,000 students annually across 32 cities and townships, and more than 500 square miles. It is committed to the continued development of new programs, workforce transformation, hosting community-based training sessions, and improving student facilities and services.

For more information visit www.wcccd.edu

 

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