Vincennes University has announced a partnership with Indiana State Police. The agreement involves college credit for officers taking classes in VU's Law Enforcement and Homeland Security and Public Safety programs. January 9, 2015

News Release

VINCENNES, Ind. - Indiana State Police officers will benefit from a new partnership with Vincennes University.

"We are proud to partner with the State Police to offer a great opportunity for officers to earn well-deserved college credit for their training and experience," said VU President Dick Helton.

Under the agreement, VU will award articulated college credit, equal to three law enforcement classes, for ISP officers who have completed the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) Certification. VU will also grant credit for an additional class, Criminal Investigation, for those with ILEA Certification and three years' experience, and grant credit for an additional class, Police Operations and Community Relations, for those with ILEA Certification and five years' experience.

"The recent agreement between the State Police and Indiana's oldest institution of higher learning, Vincennes University, creates a pathway to convert college-level state police academy training and years of police experience into credit hours for associate and bachelor degree programs offered at VU," said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter.

Under the agreement, officers must apply and be accepted to VU, with faculty in VU's Law Enforcement and Homeland Security and Public Safety programs serving as academic advisors to the officers. ISP students will be charged $25 per credit hour.

"This new partnership between the Indiana State Police and Vincennes University serves to recognize the exceptional training and professional law enforcement experiences of the men and women of the Indiana State Police by acknowledging their accomplishments through experiential academic credit and advanced degree opportunities," said Louis Caprino, chair of Homeland Security and Public Safety at VU.

The Law Enforcement program is one of the largest programs at VU. Its focus is to prepare students for entry-level positions in law enforcement agencies in Indiana and across the country. It also prepares students wishing to continue their education for the next level of university study.

Students study traffic investigation, forensic science, police operations, and other important topics. They also conduct experiments and create footprint casts, take fingerprints, analyze blood spatter patterns, and many other tasks performed regularly in U.S. law enforcement.

The mission of VU’s Homeland Security Program is to educate students on national security, terrorism, crisis and emergency management, and corporate loss prevention through excellence and innovation in education and research, taught by highly experienced homeland professionals.

VU also offers a baccalaureate program, Homeland Security and Public Safety, with entering students usually already earning an associate degree in Law Enforcement, Conservation Law Enforcement, Loss Prevention, Fire Science, Emergency Management, or Emergency Medical Services.

A bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security qualifies graduates for positions in the federal government, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The Homeland Security program is currently led by Louis Caprino a retired FBI agent with 29 years’ experience. He is an example of the VU professors with decades of experience, ranging from local police, to state, and to the federal level.

VINCENNES UNIVERSITY - Indiana's First College

VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper and additional sites such as Indianapolis and the Gibson County Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics. VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation.

In addition to offering 200 associate degree and certificate programs, VU also offers bachelor’s degree programs in technology, homeland security, nursing, secondary education programs in mathematics and science, and special education/elementary education.

VU enrolls students from throughout Indiana, 28 other states, and 30 countries. Tuition and fees are the lowest among Indiana campuses with residence halls. VU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Founded in 1801, VU is Indiana's first college and is the only college in the nation founded by an individual who would later become President of the United States. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S. President, founded VU while serving as governor of the Indiana Territory. More information is available at www.vinu.edu.

Source: Vincennes University