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Cadets Complete SUNY Potsdam Law Enforcement Training Institute

December 14, 2017

Clockwise, from top left: Christopher Naccari, Diorge Rodriguez, Law Enforcement Training Institute Director Sonny Duquette, SUNY Potsdam University Police Lt. Shane Ashley, Adam Hoover, Anthony Montgomery, Andrew Roddy, Connor Palmer, Timothy Jenkins and Sabrina Feit.

Eight cadets recently graduated from SUNY Potsdam's Law Enforcement Training Institute, the College’s accredited pre-employment police academy.

The graduates included:

  • Sabrina Feit of Westbury, N.Y.
  • Adam Hoover of Alexandria Bay, N.Y.
  • Timothy Jenkins of North Rose, N.Y.
  • Anthony Montgomery of Antwerp, N.Y.
  • Christopher Naccari of Canton, N.Y.
  • Connor Palmer of Saint Regis Falls, N.Y.
  • Andrew Roddy of Ogdensburg, N.Y.
  • Diorge Rodriguez of Bronx, N.Y.

The Law Enforcement Training Institute at SUNY Potsdam provides students with the unique opportunity to complete a rigorous pre-employment, state-approved police training as part of their undergraduate curriculum. The cadets celebrated their completion of the program with a ceremony on Dec. 2.

The cohort of cadets graduated from the 14-week program after successfully completing Phase 1 of the New York State Municipal Basic Police Training, which includes 52 of the full 56 requirements. Phase 2, which comprises the final four components, can only be completed by recently hired officers.

As a New York State-accredited policy academy, the Law Enforcement Training Institute offers instruction in defensive tactics, emergency medical services, emergency vehicle operation, applying field sobriety tests, processing crime scenes and a plethora of other training topics.

The Law Enforcement Training Institute has a maximum availability of 30 students per cohort, and top priority for acceptance is given to SUNY Potsdam criminal justice students. For any remaining slots, the institute is also open to SUNY Potsdam students completing different areas of study. Community members or students from other institutions may contact the Office of Transfer Admissions to discuss their eligibility for the program, by visiting

In order to be eligible for the SUNY Potsdam Law Enforcement Training Institute, candidates must be a junior or senior in their undergraduate studies, have a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average and possess a driver's license.

The SUNY Potsdam Criminal Justice Studies Program provides a broad interdisciplinary liberal arts orientation, with course requirements in philosophy, politics and sociology, and the opportunity for students to elect to study courses in anthropology, chemistry and psychology. The SUNY Potsdam Department of Sociology offers both a major and a minor in criminal justice studies. For more information, visit

To learn more about the SUNY Potsdam Law Enforcement Training Institute, visit

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges—and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit

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