Cazenovia College’s Pre-Employment Phase One Police Academy will celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2022 on Friday, June 24 at 6:00 p.m. The 18th annual ceremony for 18 cadets will be held at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Cazenovia, New York.

For the guest speaker, the cadets selected Thomas Engelemann, retired investigator for the Village of Cazenovia Police Department and former director of the Cazenovia College Phase One Police Academy.  Englemann began his career as a military police officer with the U.S. Army and then went on to serve as a police officer and firearms instructor with the Nassau County Police Department retiring after 20 years of service. After retiring from Nassau County Police Department, Engelmann served 19 years as an investigator with the Village of Cazenovia police department and 10 years as director of campus safety for Cazenovia College.

This class began their training on September 14, 2021, and successfully completed the Academy’s ten-month program earning a Phase One certificate. Cadets also had the option to earn 18 undergraduate college credits and a certificate in Law Enforcement along with the Phase Once certificate at no additional charge.

“The Phase One program is an intensive format requiring students to pass over 40 topical areas including criminal law, investigation, patrol and procedures, vehicle operations, traffic, emergency management, first aid, professionalism and ethics, physical training and many other related subjects,” stated Carla DeShaw, director of Continuing Education, Cazenovia College. “They are well trained to begin their career in law enforcement.”

Cazenovia College’s Pre-Employment Phase One Police Basic Training Program was established in partnership with the Frankfort Police Department, and approval from the State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). The curriculum meets all requirements established by the Municipal Police Training Council. A graduate is eligible to be hired anywhere in New York State upon completion. Eight cadets have already been offered jobs at local agencies, including Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department, New Berlin Police Department, Geddes Police Department, Whitesboro Police Department, and Owego Sheriff’s Department with more interviews taking place over the next few weeks.

The next Pre-Employment Phase One Police Basic Training session at Cazenovia College will begin on September 13, 2022. Registration is currently underway and financial aid is available to students who meet eligibility. For further information go to www.cazenovia.edu/police or call 315-655-7222.