Police academy joins forces with criminal justice department
DENTON (UNT), Texas -- In an effort to expand the services offered by the UNT Police Academy, the university's Police Department and Department of Criminal Justice have entered into a partnership agreement to run the program.The academy will be managed on a day-to-day basis by Dr. Robert Taylor, professor and chair of the criminal justice department. The UNT Police Department will provide instructors, funding and budgetary oversight. Dr. Taylor and Police Chief Richard Deter will meet regularly to review programs and services offered by the academy."This arrangement will allow the academy to grow." Chief Deter said. "Before, we were operating the academy solely out of the police department. But now, the academy will have access to the expertise of faculty members of the criminal justice department as well."Formed in 1993, the UNT Police Academy is a self-funded school that provides basic and advanced law enforcement training to agencies in the North Texas area. It has established a statewide reputation of providing quality programs and services. More than 5,000 peace officers have been trained at the academy.Four full-time employees operate the academy with the help of about 300 part-time instructors, who teach courses on everything from basic peace officer protocol to death investigation and use of force. In addition to sharing the management responsibilities, the two departments are working to open the academy at a permanent location on West University Drive in Denton. The new building is currently being renovated and prepared for June 1 classes.NOTE TO REPORTERS: For more information, call Chief Deter at (940) 565-3010, or Dr. Robert Taylor at (940) 565-4475.