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May 24, 2023

Post Univ. expands police recertification courses

PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED Post University's Campus

Waterbury-based Post University is working to combat the current police recruitment shortage in Connecticut by offering expanded online courses for officers to obtain their recertification.

Departments across the state are facing shortages, such as Waterbury, which has seen mass resignations and currently has over 50 open positions.

The courses are available online, anywhere and anytime to officers, making it possible for those working during the second or third shift to work on the courses during their downtime, rather than having to make time during the day shift, said Police Recertification Program Director Matthew Reilly.

“By providing ongoing training and education, Post aims to equip them with the latest knowledge and skills required to navigate the ever-evolving challenges they face on a daily basis. Together, we can ensure that our communities thrive under the protection of well-prepared and dedicated officers,” said Reilly.

There are currently 38 courses being offered, with a new supervisory course, Evaluation of Personnel, added at the end of April. Reilly said there is a new course being developed that will  be added soon.

The available courses are reviewed every year and those dealing with regulations are updated as needed.

Post is currently partnered with 29 departments in the state, and accounts are created for officers who can then access these courses 24 hours a day while they work toward receiving their credit.

Supervisors also have access and can track the progress of officers and set deadlines.

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