ALLENDALE, Mich. - The Grand Valley State University Police Academy says it's seen some serious growth this year.

The 2019 class is the largest to date, with 48 recruits according to a release from the university. There are 37 men and 11 women.

Williamson Wallace, director of Criminal Justice Training at Grand Valley, said there are 31 "pre-service" recruits who will be seeking employment upon graduation. The remaining 17 recruits are considered "in-service" and have already been hired and are being sponsored by a law enforcement agency.

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The 17 students being sponsored by agencies are coming from the Grand Rapids Police Department, Grand Haven Department of Public Safety, Muskegon City Police Department, Kent County Sheriff's Office, and Ingham County Sheriff's Office.

The academy started back in April and is conducted annually during the spring and summer semesters. The 2019 class is set to graduate in August. 

The GVSU Police Academy is a leader in the state of Michigan, Wallace said.The academy often introduces innovative training methods and techniques.

For more information, visit gvsu.edu/cj/policeacademy.

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