BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Following 17 weeks of intensive training, the Oakland Police Academy graduates its 104th Basic Police Training class of 33 trainees on June 21. The academy is located on Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills Campus.
Commencement ceremonies begin at 2 p.m. in the Jones Johnson Theater at OCC’s Royal Oak Campus, 739 S. Washington. The principal speaker will be 51st District Court Judge, the Honorable Jodine Debbrecht.
Some students enter the Oakland Police Academy as police officer trainees after they have been accepted for employment by a law enforcement agency. The agency then sponsors the trainee in the academy’s basic police training program. In other cases, students are accepted directly into the academy, and then find employment after graduation.
Of the 33 trainees in this class, two are sponsored by the Dearborn Police Department. Each is sponsored by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and the Novi Police Department. The other graduates are independent students deemed eligible for licensure by the State of Michigan.
Two basic police training classes enrolling up to 50 students are held each year. In addition, the academy presents specialized programs in such topics as police interview techniques and police dog training. Approximately 3,000 law enforcement personnel attend the Oakland Police Academy annually.
The Auburn Hills Campus of OCC is located at 2900 Featherstone Rd. in Auburn Hills. For further information about the Academy, contact Director of Basic Police Training Richard Tillman at 248-232-4222.
The graduates and their hometowns are: