The Maine Academy of Criminal Justice in Vassalboro on Friday canceled its official graduation ceremony for the 40th Basic Law Enforcement Training Program after someone associated with the academy tested positive for COVID- 19, officials said.
The positive test came Thursday evening, prompting authorities to cancel the ceremony in person “out of caution and to protect the safety of anyone planning to attend the event,” according to Shannon Moss, spokesperson for the Department of Maine . Public security.
Rick Desjardins, director of the academy, said the cancellation “in no way diminishes the accomplishments of this class during these 18 weeks of rigorous training and we are all very proud of their commitment to the enforcement profession. the law”.
The training program was described by Moss as “intensive training consisting of practical and academic training that prepares cadets for a career in law enforcement.” The program includes training in motor vehicle stopping, defensive tactics, firearms training and emergency vehicle operation and control. Cadets are also required to follow a rigorous physical training regimen, as they spend five days a week on campus while returning home on the weekends.
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