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COLLEGE TO HOST CEREMEONIAL GROUNDBREAKING FOR NEW LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY

By News Archive

July 25, 2023

Niagara County Legislature Chairman Becky Wydysh, Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti and SUNY Niagara President William Murabito will host a ceremonial groundbreaking on July 25 for the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy training facility. The event will take place on SUNY Niagara’s Sanborn campus at 1 p.m.

“The Niagara County Legislature recognizes that we are very fortunate to have such a tremendous Sheriff’s Office, led by Sheriff Filicetti, keeping our communities safe and we want to do all we can to support them,” said Wydysh. “When the Sheriff and SUNY Niagara leaders approached us about providing funding for a state-of-the-art law enforcement academy that would provide the best training available for those entering our local law enforcement agencies, the Legislature was quick to jump on board. We appreciate those who choose to pursue a career in law enforcement and this academy is an investment in them.”

Filicetti emphasized the importance of comprehensive preparation for all who enter law enforcement. “The expectations on the women and men in law enforcement have never been higher and the way we meet and exceed those expectations is through our training,” he said. “So, for recruits who attend the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy, we are putting together a facility that will have cutting-edge training, will provide simulations of real-world situations and will ultimately prepare them for a very challenging but rewarding career.

The sheriff also acknowledged the collaboration that moved the project forward. “I cannot say enough about the tremendous partnership between Niagara County Legislature, SUNY Niagara and the Sheriff’s Office,” said Filicetti. “When we relocated the NCLEA a few years ago, we did so with a vision to create a modern, dynamic academy to train our future law enforcement personnel, and today’s groundbreaking is the first step in that direction.”

“This new space will ensure that law enforcement education here in Niagara County is unparalleled within our region for years to come. Cadets who come here will receive training that incorporates the latest in technology and practice,” said Murabito. “The academy will create some fantastic opportunities for SUNY Niagara students pursuing degrees in criminal justice.”

Construction of the 15,000 square-foot building began this past spring. The building, located on the north side of the college’s campus, will feature classrooms with movable walls, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a reality-based training room and a use of force simulator. College officials anticipate that it will open in 2024.

The architect is LaBella Associates D.P.C, and the general contractor is Picone Construction. Other contractors involved with the project include D. V. Brown & Associates, Mollenberg-Betz Inc., and Frey Electric.

Niagara County Legislature Chairman Becky Wydysh, Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti and SUNY Niagara President William Murabito will host a ceremonial groundbreaking on July 25 for the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy training facility. The event will take place on SUNY Niagara’s Sanborn campus at 1 p.m.

“The Niagara County Legislature recognizes that we are very fortunate to have such a tremendous Sheriff’s Office, led by Sheriff Filicetti, keeping our communities safe and we want to do all we can to support them,” said Wydysh. “When the Sheriff and SUNY Niagara leaders approached us about providing funding for a state-of-the-art law enforcement academy that would provide the best training available for those entering our local law enforcement agencies, the Legislature was quick to jump on board. We appreciate those who choose to pursue a career in law enforcement and this academy is an investment in them.”

Filicetti emphasized the importance of comprehensive preparation for all who enter law enforcement. “The expectations on the women and men in law enforcement have never been higher and the way we meet and exceed those expectations is through our training,” he said. “So, for recruits who attend the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy, we are putting together a facility that will have cutting-edge training, will provide simulations of real-world situations and will ultimately prepare them for a very challenging but rewarding career.

The sheriff also acknowledged the collaboration that moved the project forward. “I cannot say enough about the tremendous partnership between Niagara County Legislature, SUNY Niagara and the Sheriff’s Office,” said Filicetti. “When we relocated the NCLEA a few years ago, we did so with a vision to create a modern, dynamic academy to train our future law enforcement personnel, and today’s groundbreaking is the first step in that direction.”

“This new space will ensure that law enforcement education here in Niagara County is unparalleled within our region for years to come. Cadets who come here will receive training that incorporates the latest in technology and practice,” said Murabito. “The academy will create some fantastic opportunities for SUNY Niagara students pursuing degrees in criminal justice.”

Construction of the 15,000 square-foot building began this past spring. The building, located on the north side of the college’s campus, will feature classrooms with movable walls, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a reality-based training room and a use of force simulator. College officials anticipate that it will open in 2024.

The architect is LaBella Associates D.P.C, and the general contractor is Picone Construction. Other contractors involved with the project include D. V. Brown & Associates, Mollenberg-Betz Inc., and Frey Electric.

 

 

 

 


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New Building at SUNY Niagara to House Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy

By News Archive

May 02, 2022

A new training facility for the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy (NCLEA) will be built on the Sanborn campus of SUNY Niagara.  An estimated $2.27 million for the building was appropriated in the SUNY building fund adopted by the state budget passage a few weeks ago.  Last fall, the Niagara County Legislature voted to allocate up to $3 million from the county’s American Rescue Plan funds for the construction project.  The total anticipated project cost is approx. $4.54 million.

After a decade at Niagara University, the NCLEA relocated to SUNY Niagara in August 2021.  The Academy, jointly operated by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and the Niagara Falls Police Department, was previously located at SUNY Niagara from 1974 to 2011.  The academy trains newly hired officers or those hoping to be hired by police agencies throughout Western New York.  The Niagara County Corrections Academy is also held at SUNY Niagara.

Niagara County Legislature Chairman Becky Wydysh said, “The Niagara County Legislature is proud to support law enforcement across the county, and we are very excited that all the funding is now in place to move forward with the new law enforcement academy.  Having a state-of-the-art academy on the SUNY Niagara campus will provide the very best training for our future law enforcement officials while offering some unique learning opportunities to students in the SUNY Niagara criminal justice program.”

SUNY Niagara President William J. Murabito said having this new facility on the SUNY Niagara campus brings the program into the 21st century.  “The new learning environment will translate directly to more opportunities for NCLEA and SUNY Niagara criminal justice students and their ability to remain competitive.  The students will be better-trained and more prepared because they will be more comfortable with the technology,” Murabito said.

Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti said, “I want to thank SUNY Niagara and the County Legislature for being partners with the Sheriff’s Office in our vision for a new law enforcement academy.  The training requirements for those going into law enforcement are extensive and continue to evolve.  Our new Academy will allow us to use state-of-the-art technology to meet these training needs and better prepare future law enforcement officers for their careers.”

Plans for the new 15,000 square-foot building call for four classrooms with movable walls, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a reality-based training room, and the use of force simulator.  It is anticipated that construction will start in the spring 2023, and the facility will open in 2024.

A new training facility for the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy (NCLEA) will be built on the Sanborn campus of SUNY Niagara.  An estimated $2.27 million for the building was appropriated in the SUNY building fund adopted by the state budget passage a few weeks ago.  Last fall, the Niagara County Legislature voted to allocate up to $3 million from the county’s American Rescue Plan funds for the construction project.  The total anticipated project cost is approx. $4.54 million.

After a decade at Niagara University, the NCLEA relocated to SUNY Niagara in August 2021.  The Academy, jointly operated by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and the Niagara Falls Police Department, was previously located at SUNY Niagara from 1974 to 2011.  The academy trains newly hired officers or those hoping to be hired by police agencies throughout Western New York.  The Niagara County Corrections Academy is also held at SUNY Niagara.

Niagara County Legislature Chairman Becky Wydysh said, “The Niagara County Legislature is proud to support law enforcement across the county, and we are very excited that all the funding is now in place to move forward with the new law enforcement academy.  Having a state-of-the-art academy on the SUNY Niagara campus will provide the very best training for our future law enforcement officials while offering some unique learning opportunities to students in the SUNY Niagara criminal justice program.”

SUNY Niagara President William J. Murabito said having this new facility on the SUNY Niagara campus brings the program into the 21st century.  “The new learning environment will translate directly to more opportunities for NCLEA and SUNY Niagara criminal justice students and their ability to remain competitive.  The students will be better-trained and more prepared because they will be more comfortable with the technology,” Murabito said.

Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti said, “I want to thank SUNY Niagara and the County Legislature for being partners with the Sheriff’s Office in our vision for a new law enforcement academy.  The training requirements for those going into law enforcement are extensive and continue to evolve.  Our new Academy will allow us to use state-of-the-art technology to meet these training needs and better prepare future law enforcement officers for their careers.”

Plans for the new 15,000 square-foot building call for four classrooms with movable walls, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a reality-based training room, and the use of force simulator.  It is anticipated that construction will start in the spring 2023, and the facility will open in 2024.


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Director of Public Relations
Phone: 716-614-5904
Email: DeSimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

Local Officials Pledge Support

Local Officials Pledge Support of Law Enforcement Academy Move to SUNY Niagara Campus

By News Archive

July 13, 2021

Today, a press conference was held to celebrate the return of the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy (NCLEA) to the Sanborn campus of SUNY Niagara.  The Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy will relocate to SUNY Niagara in August after a decade at Niagara University.  Several elected officials joined leaders from SUNY Niagara to pledge their support of local law enforcement and the Academy’s move.

The Academy, jointly operated by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and the Niagara Falls Police Department, was previously located at SUNY Niagara from 1974 to 2011. The academy trains newly hired officers or those hoping to be hired by police agencies throughout Western New York.

SUNY Niagara President William J. Murabito said he is anticipating a collaborative program between the College and the Law Enforcement Academy to offer criminal justice students an opportunity to combine their college degrees with academy training. “As I see it, we can integrate the Academy experience, which is one semester, with a three-semester program outside the Academy; so, the student can come here, attend the Academy, graduate from the Academy, and leave here after two years with an Associate’s degree.  I believe with the addition of the Academy and their personnel on our campus, the SUNY Niagara criminal justice program will not only be one of the strongest in the region but also in the state.”

Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti praised the cooperation between all the entities involved and said the Academy plans to move into the new space at SUNY Niagara in early August so that the next class can begin in September.  Filicetti also mentioned that the Academy was pursuing funding from Senator Robert Ortt and the Niagara County Legislature for a new training facility built on the SUNY Niagara campus in the future. “This facility would allow training for our officers to a whole new level in the county,” Filicetti said.

Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt joined other local elected officials in praising the collaboration of the educational institutions with law enforcement leaders. “It is very important to be part of the solution; you are either part of the solution or part of the problem,” said Sen. Ortt. “It is important to let our future generations of students know that somebody needs to be the next police officer in Niagara Falls, in Lewiston, in North Tonawanda, in Niagara County.  And that we are sending a clear message, that it is an honorable profession, a noble profession, and that we in the community support those families who send their sons and daughters, husbands and wives, and brothers and sisters to become law enforcement officers.”

Local Officials Pledge Support

Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti speaks at the press conference held today about the move of the Law Enforcement Academy back to the SUNY Niagara campus.


Media Contact Information

Barbara DeSimone
Director of Public Relations and Event Management
Phone: 716-614-5904
Email: desimone@niagaracc.suny.edu