The Center for Community Education and Training (CCET) at Alfred State College is pleased to announce that Officer Scott Richardson has been named the session director of the school’s new police academy.
Richardson brings with him more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement, having served as a police officer for the city of Hornell, the village of North Hornell, the village of Andover, and the village of Alfred. He also served as chief of the village of Alfred police and is a retired criminal justice instructor who taught at the Greater Southern Tier BOCES Coopers Plains campus for 12 years. In addition to his current police officer duties in North Hornell, Richardson is also a commissioner of the City of Hornell Board of Public Safety.
A 1978 graduate of Andover Central School, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from Keuka College, is a graduate of the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy, and has earned a Public School Teacher Certificate through the University of the State of New York Education Department.
Wendy Dresser-Recktenwald, senior director of Human Resources and CCET, welcomed Richardson and said that Alfred State College intends to provide comprehensive police officer training that is relevant for today’s officer.
“We want to be the ‘police academy of choice’ for local law enforcement agencies, and we believe under Scott’s leadership we can do just that,” she said. “By bringing in Lt. Grossman on Oct. 24, an internationally recognized educator for law enforcement and military, to speak about ‘combat’ for police officers, we are showing that we intend to lead the charge and train not only new recruits but seasoned officers.”
She added, “Scott’s academic background and his unique experiences as an officer, investigator, and an educator are a great match for Alfred State. The fact that Scott knows our local law enforcement is helpful, and will help us keep a pulse on what local law enforcement training needs are. Between Scott’s appointment and our Police Academy Advisory Board, we are confident in our program going forward.”
Gregory Sammons, vice president for Student Affairs, said, “We’re excited to have Scott Richardson join us as the director of the Alfred State Police Academy. Scott brings an extensive background in both policing and as a law enforcement educator. His vision for in-service and other law enforcement courses will complement the basic course and academy class set to kick off in May of 2019.”
Richardson said, "I am very excited to be named session director of the Alfred State Police Academy. I think that it is imperative that we provide our future police officers with all the education and tools necessary to make them the best police officer's that they can be and that is exactly what we intend to do here at Alfred State. I look forward to ‘hitting the ground running’ so that our future police officers can ‘hit the streets running.’"
The Alfred State Police Academy’s inaugural Basic Course for Police Officers is set to launch May 14, 2019. The academy will serve recruits in both pre-employment (Phase I) and those employed (Phase II) stages. Graduates will earn either the Pre-Employment Certificate (Phase I) or the Basic Course for Police Officers Certificate (Phase II).
For more information on the police academy, please contact CCET at 607-587-4015 or CCET@alfredstate.edu.