ROSCOMMON – With a focus on investing in the next generation of law enforcement, Kirtland Community College’s Regional Police Academy recently welcomed a new director of public safety programs, Shannon Dekun. The academy has also strengthened its offerings by introducing a highly advanced simulation training program, the MILO 300.
A former Sergeant at the Detroit Police Department and the first woman to hold this position at the college, Dekun brings to the program extensive experience in public safety, as well as exemplary leadership and strategic vision.
“Investing in our future law enforcement is vital to a strong community,” Dekun said. “I envision our program leading the way through ethics, professionalism, excellent communication skills and integrity. With real-world training scenarios and one-on-one faculty instructions, I am confident in our program’s ability to prepare the best possible law enforcement officers.”
Properly trained police officers are in perpetual demand, with a seven percent job growth rate and 546 law enforcement openings in Michigan as of October 2018. The career enjoys a median salary of $62,960 and law enforcement career opportunities are vast and sustainable across the state. In order to meet the demand for law enforcement and prepare students for rewarding careers in public service, Kirtland Community College is continually investing in strengthening its Regional Police Academy.
The newly introduced MILO 300, an advanced simulation training program is the latest investment, presenting cadets with scenarios that require quick decisions involving use of force and tactical skills. Utilizing an immersive theater, MILO trains cadets to respond in a variety of high-stress situations including de-escalation, situational awareness, critical incidents, community policing and more.
“The scenarios allow for the officers to use verbalize commands and allow them to develop their command presence inside of a theater while trained staff observe and critique their handling of the scenario,” Dekun stated, “When they learn how to problem solve, use critical thinking and master the simulations it builds their confidence, leaving them feeling better prepared for their chosen profession.”
Offering 17 weeks of intensive training using modern technology and specialized faculty instruction, Kirtland’s police academy prepares students for real-life scenarios through simulation training, first aid, firearm training, precision driving, defense tactics and more. Since establishing the regional police academy format in 1995, 636 cadets have completed the program.
About Kirtland Community College
Established in 1966, Kirtland Community College is a two-year college that serves over 17 communities as the largest Michigan community college district. The college offers 38 degrees and certifications across four campuses, and continuously strives to adapt programming to meet economic demands. By fostering a culture of innovation, Kirtland equips students with the tools they need to succeed in fulfilling careers. https://www.kirtland.edu/