Fitchburg State University welcomed a delegation from the nation of Moldova to campus this week to demonstrate its groundbreaking police program, whose graduates complete two academic degrees and full municipal police academy training in the span of five years.
University President Richard S. Lapidus, Fitchburg Police Chief Ernest F. Martineau and Fitchburg State Academy Director Lisa Lane McCarty outlined the program for the delegation, including police and education leaders from the Eastern European nation.
“It’s truly my privilege to give you an insight into what I think is the future of policing in the United States,” Chief Martineau said. “Even though we may not speak the same language, our needs are the same and our passions for our shared professions are the same.”
Chief Martineau noted he has hired four graduates of the police program for his own department and spoke highly of their preparation and performance in a job that increasingly calls on professionals who can de-escalate and control situations without using force.
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