By: Lincoln University of Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Lincoln University graduated seven new law enforcement professionals at a commencement ceremony Dec. 14 in Pawley Theater on the LU campus. The newly minted officers make up the fifth class to complete the program of LU’s Law Enforcement Training Academy (LULETA). Lincoln launched its training center last year, the first historically Black college and university to house its own police academy.
The new graduates are: Hannah K. Clark of Owensboro, Ky; David J. Franks II of St. James, Mo; Trenton D. Garber of Overland Park, Ks; Mercy M. Gonzalez of Hialeah, Fl; Caleb A. Rozar of Clarksville, Tn; Eric L. Snook of Holts Summit, Mo; and Zyan A. Thomas-King of New Orleans, La.
“We have a very great program, and our program is made great by the people who attend,” says Academy Director Chief Gary Hill. “It is also made great by our instructors.”
LULETA equips cadets with a more diverse mindset, an inclusive skillset and the ability to provide community care. Upon completion of the program, graduates have the ability to meet the diverse needs of the communities they will face, says Lincoln University President Dr. Moseley.
“We are proud that you all have answered the call, and you will demonstrate great leadership in the communities for which you were prepared to go serve,” Dr. Moseley says. “You will serve as a beacon of light in your communities.”
In the program, cadets receive hands-on, practical training in a variety of situations including domestic violence calls, traffic stops, burglary scenarios, crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques.
“Our nation needs your commitment to serve with unwavering bravery to diffuse situations with peace, pride and a higher level of community care,” Dr. Moseley says. “I look at each of you, and I see great purpose, sacrifice, commitment, passion and bravery.”
For more information, visit https://www.lincolnu.edu/web/police-department/lu-police-academy.
PHOTO: Seven new law enforcement professionals completed Lincoln University’s Law Enforcement Training Academy (LULETA) program and graduated on Dec. 14. 2022.