First Class to Graduate from Kennett’s Law Enforcement Academy


by News Bureau on Wednesday, May. 15, 2013

KENNETT, Mo., May 15, 2013 – Southeast Missouri State University’s first Law Enforcement Academy class at the Kennett campus will graduate on May 19.

Southeast’s Law Enforcement Academy began offering weekend classes in Kennett, Mo., in August 2012.

Sgt. Scott Wilson, an officer with the Malden Police Department who works as a school resource officer in the Malden (Mo.) School District., has a connection with one of the graduating students, Jacob Redden.

“Many years ago while on patrol, I received a call that a small child was not breathing,” Wilson said. “When I arrived on scene there was a small child that was lifeless without a heartbeat or respiration. I performed CPR for approximately 20 minutes, reviving the child just before the EMS arrived. After the child was released from the hospital, his family had pictures of us made together. All his life, he has kept my picture, saying that he was going to grow up and be a police officer like the one that saved him. I got to watch him graduate from high school and now I get to watch him graduate from the Law Enforcement Academy.”

Students completing the 720-hour program will graduate with a Class A Missouri Peace Officer’s License issued by the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

The Academy is a Missouri peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) approved provider and has provided basic and specialized training for more than 2,500 law enforcement officers since the Academy was established in 1987. The Academy offices are located at 122 S. Ellis in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

For more information on Law Enforcement Academy classes in Kennett, call the Academy at (573) 290-5110.