Local law enforcement officers give back to comrades as part of "graduation" from EMU program
YPSILANTI – When the 60 officers participating in EMU’s program on law enforcement management graduate Friday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Ann Arbor (Plymouth Road and US 23), they will give a graduation gift, not receive one.
The officers, who represent 49 state, county and local agencies, will receive certification for the 10-week program through EMU’s Center for Regional and National Security. As a class, they will be making a donation to the “The Thin Blue Line of Michigan.”
“It has been a tradition that each class does something at the end of the program. They wanted to give something back to the families of officers who were killed or injured in the line of duty,” said Skip Lawver, director of the center.
The Thin Blue Line is a non-profit, volunteer organization, which exists solely to assist and support the families of injured or deceased officers of law enforcement agencies within the State of Michigan. The Thin Blue Line provides aid with financial, emotional, physical, and medical needs that arise upon the occasion of an officer's injury or death.
The 350-hour EMU course deals with all issues related to managing a law enforcement agency, from officer supervision to dealing with the media.
The course is grant funded through the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and officers are nominated or selected by their respective agencies.
Officers from communities such as Allen Park, Dearborn Heights and others joined representatives from the Michigan State Police and the Washtenaw and Livingston County sheriff’s offices in the program.
EMU began its police staff and command program in 1995. Since then, more than 1,700 police officers have gone through the program. The program became the Center for Regional and National Security in July 2004.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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