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St. Lawrence to Host Security Officer Academy

For the 11th year running, St. Lawrence University will host a New York State certified security guard training academy for those who may be looking to or continuing a career in private security.

“We began our academy in June 2006 with plans to offer affordable, in depth training for colleges and universities on topics relative to the university security and safety departmental operations,” said Patrick Gagnon, assistant vice president of Safety and Security and Emergency Management. “We send out an open invite, and even those with four-year degrees in criminal justice and investigations often attend. This is a chance for them to see if security operations might be something that interests them."

Areas of instruction will include effective communication, New York State security guard courses, Clery Act, Title IX investigations, CPR/AED, defensive tactics, bomb recognition, fire safety, domestic violence, sexual assaults, stalking, cultural diversity and drug recognition.

“When someone comes to our academy for a week, they’ll be a licensed security officer and won’t need any training for an entire year,” Gagnon said.

St. Lawrence University has served as a New York State security guard-certified school since 1998 after Gagnon’s arrival on campus. Only a handful of certified academies exist in the Northeast, Gagnon said. Institutions sending officers to the training include St. Lawrence, Colgate, Le Moyne, Skidmore, Hobart and William Smith, Wells, and SUNY Potsdam.

The weeklong academy will take place from June 13 to 17 at St. Lawrence’s Torrey Center Conference Room located in the Diana B. Torrey ’82 Health and Counseling Center.

For more information visit Safety and Security.