Cadets graduate from MCC police and fire academies

Cadets are honored during the Police Academy graduation ceremony.

Metropolitan Community College’s mission is “preparing students, serving communities, creating opportunities.”

Cadets from MCC’s police academy and fire academy are now seizing the opportunity to serve their communities as well.

Nine police recruits and 34 fire recruits graduated Dec. 17 and 18. Both ceremonies were held at MCC-Blue River’s Public Safety Institute.

Fire Academy graduates pose with a gift from the graduating class. Nick Fiorello is holding the artwork. (left to right) Tallon Shiflett, Michaela Shinn, Ethan Ahring, Stan Duree, Zach Weir, Chief Chuck Perry.

Fire Academy graduates presented the Public Safety Institute with an illuminated piece of art depicting firefighters in action. The base lists the graduates’ names and their class number.

Police Academy graduates who had already found jobs had their badges pinned on them during the ceremony.

Many grads will find jobs serving communities in the Greater Kansas City area.

A Police Academy graduate gets his badge during the ceremony.

There’s a shortage of police officers, according to the Public Safety Institute.  Demand is lower for firefighters, but most fire academy graduates also find jobs.

The MCC-Blue River Police Academy offers more than 700 hours of certification instruction.  Students can attend classes full or part-time.

Graduates will be qualified to work in any county in Missouri as well as many counties in Kansas.

Fire Academy classes are also taught at PSI. Candidates must past a physical exam as well as a Fire Science Entrance Exam. The next scheduled Candidate Physical Ability Test is Feb. 9. The FSEE is offered on an individual basis throughout the year.

Public Safety Institute officials say some fire departments will hire students and pay for their education.