Posted February 1, 2020
When Avon Police Chief Richard Bosley looks at newly commissioned Officer Nick Rennette he sees “a young man that represents everything that is right with the youth in our community.”
“Nick is in field training now and doing well,” Bosley said. “He’s worked for us since he was 18. He’s a special young man who will have a great future with our department.”
Rennette earned an associate degree in police science and an EMT certification from Lorain County Community College after graduating from Avon High School in 2017. He also worked as a dispatcher and community service officer with the Avon Police Department while working on his LCCC degree and certification.
He knew, however, that in order to make his dream of working as a police officer on the Avon Police Department come true he would have to go through a police training academy. Fortunately for him, LCCC has had a police training academy on campus since 2002. He started in the academy in July and recently graduated in December.
“I’ve always wanted to be a police officer,” said the 21-year-old Avon resident. “Since fifth grade I’ve been writing papers about being a police officer and many officers lived in my neighborhood. I started talking with them and wanted to follow in their footsteps.”
Living in Avon for most of his life, Rennette was ready to serve his community. “I can make a difference for my family and friends,” he said.
All of his experiences as a dispatcher and community service officer gave Rennette valuable training, but the education he received from the LCCC Police Academy helped take him to the next level of preparedness.
“We had phenomenal instructors, both current and retired law enforcement officers,” Rennette said of the police academy training. “I learned so much from them and I don’t take that training for granted because I know there is more to learn.”
The academy began in 2002 and more than 600 cadets have successfully completed the program, including the 19 in Rennette’s class. The majority of those 600 graduates live and work in Northeast Ohio and several from the most recent class are already working for local departments, LCCC President Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D., said. Six of the recent graduates, including Rennette, were commissioned by local police departments and the remainder are in the process of being recruited by other local law enforcement. That record of employment is no accident, Ballinger said.
“LCCC is the number one location in Lorain County for first responder training, and we are so proud of all of our police graduates who we now see patrolling our cities. Today’s graduating cadets should feel proud of all they take with them as they join a long tradition of stellar police officers who work diligently to protect us all,” Ballinger said.
Chief Bosley also calls the LCCC Police Academy vitally important to Lorain County.
“I went through the LCCC Police Academy myself,” Bosley said. “It’s a tremendous program that provides high-caliber instruction. It’s second to none.”
Having the police academy here in Lorain County is critical for local law enforcement, he noted. “We can find viable candidates – like Officer Rennette – right here in our home communities; candidates who want to serve their communities,” he said.
For more information about the LCCC Police Academy visit http://www.lorainccc.edu/police.