The Law Enforcement Training Network (LETN) has honored 10 University Police Officers as part of its first-ever list of "Training Heroes." Seven of those officers ranked in the network's top 10 in the nation. The honorees were determined on the basis of the number of training courses taken and passed.
Officer Timothy Stevens completed 64 of the online courses, ranking fourth in the LETN top finishers.
Officers Robert Drees, Kevin Fearon, Louis Femi, Lynn Lewis, Cynthia Powers and John Ralston each completed 63 courses, rounding out the LETN top 10. Officers T. Scott Donahue and Jamie Winters, who completed 62, and Officer Krista Livengood, who completed 61, were also recognized.
Each "Training Hero" will receive a certificate, and LETN will air a two-minute segment honoring the agencies and their members on the list.
FSU Police Chief Brian Shanley said the online courses, which the officers can complete at any time, have been much more efficient than traditional continuing education, which requires officers to travel away from Frostburg. These courses can be completed at FSU during the officers' regular work time.
The LETN catalog also provides a wider the selection of topics is much wider than that available regionally, Shanley said, with options often more appropriate for FSU's needs. LETN offers a whole series on campus policing, and Shanley also cited a series on cold weather operations presented a member of the Halifax Police Department in Nova Scotia, Canada.
"It's befitting that an institution of higher education can take advantage of distance learning like this," Shanley said.
LETN Product Development Manager Gary Grant conceived the Training Heroes designation. "Too many officers are still dying in the line of duty. If an award like this can encourage an officer to participate in one more course, maybe more lives could be saved. We hope that in the future, this honor might spur competition among agencies and within departments," he said.