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Cadets Honored at Ceremony on May 24th

The 23rd College of the Desert (COD) Public Safety Academy (PSA) Basic Peace Officer Training Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 24th, 2012,at 6 p.m. at the McCallum Theatre. The ceremony will be preceded by a formal cadet inspection in front of the McCallum at 5 p.m.

Approximately 60 Module II and III cadets will be receiving certificates for meeting the training requirements prescribed by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training for Level II and III-Reserve Peace Officers in the State of California.

Cadet Juan Vasquez will be providing remarks on behalf of Module III and Cadet Jennifer Agnew will be providing remarks on behalf of Module II. Selected cadets will be recognized for their excellence in leadership, academics and marksmanship.

President Jerry Patton will be providing welcoming remarks and Cathedral City Police Chief Kevin Conner will be the keynote speaker.

Since January 2001, COD-PSA has been filling an increasingly important public safety need for the Coachella Valley and surrounding communities. From Banning to Blythe and from Yucca Valley to El Centro, COD’s PSA is an invaluable asset for training our peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians.

Bond Measure B was instrumental in moving this program forward through construction of two state of-the-art training facilities that opened their doors in 2009. The City of Palm Desert Public Safety Academy at COD on the Palm Desert Campus is a beautiful facility that creates a very positive learning environment and the Roy Wilson Fire Training Facility located in Thousand Palms has made basic and advanced firefighting training a reality.

Contributing to the success of the COD’s peace officer training program has been the support provided by the California Highway Patrol, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, and all local and regional Municipal Police Departments. This long history of professional collaboration has the one united goal of providing the Coachella Valley with the best possible training for our future reserve and full time peace officers.

Similar collaborative efforts between COD, CALFIRE, Riverside County Fire and the Palm Springs and Cathedral City Fire Departments have resulted in a continually evolving and progressive Fire Technology Program including COD’s first Basic Firefighter Academy which will be offered this fall at the new Roy Wilson Training Center in Thousand Palms. Long standing Fire Technology Degree and Certificate programs are also very popular among COD students, as well as local active, reserve and volunteer firefighters looking to sharpen their professional skills.

COD’s semester long and nine week accelerated Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) courses are always filled to capacity. EMT’s are certified to recognize and treat patients experiencing traumatic injuries and medical conditions in both field and clinical settings. EMT graduates are in high demand in both the private and government sectors throughout the Coachella Valley.

Public Safety Academy Director Chris Madigan would like to extend a warm invitation to the COD Board of Trustees, COD staff, faculty, alumni, and family and friends of cadets, as well as interested members of the public. A catered reception in PSA Classroom 19 will immediately follow the ceremony.

For more information call 760 568-3083 or 3765. 

May 2012