Gowanda officers graduate from Rural Police Training Academy

Two Gowanda police officers recently graduated as part of the 25th class of the Rural Police Training Academy in Batavia. Andrew M. Carriero, platoon leader, and Shane G. Miller were among the 22 graduates of the most recent class.

Since being established in 1985, 593 graduates including the current 2013-2014 class have completed the RPTA offered by Genesee Community College through the Division of Criminal Justice Services and The BEST (Business and Employee Skills Training) Center.

RPTA has evolved through its long distinguished history, and now the 11-month program provides basic training both to sworn members of police and sheriff agencies as well as training for pre-employed law enforcement officers. The program requires 639 hours of training and the major curriculum covered includes justice administration, New York state laws, community interaction, mass casualties and major events, Investigations and practical skills such as field note taking, report writing, case preparation, arrest processing, professional traffic stops and firearms training.

RPTA offers a GCC college credit option and also veterans opportunities.

Speakers at the graduation ceremonies included Federal Security Director for Greater Rochester International Airport John P. McCaffrey, Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch, Genesee County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty and Undersheriff Matthew Bean of Livingston County Sheriff’s Department – who are all graduates of the RPTA program.

For more information, visit www.genesee.edu/best/development/rural-police-training-academy/