Mansfield University graduates 38th Police Academy class

MANSFIELD, Pa. – The Mansfield University Municipal Police Academy graduated its 38th class of cadets on Saturday, November 13th.

The 25-week Academy requires 919 hours of instruction and development of personal skills. Graduating from a certified Act 120 academy is required to become a municipal police officer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This year’s class received an additional 100 hours of training, where cadets received credentials to enhance their workforce development skills within the area of public safety.

“The successful completion of this rigorous academy shows the perseverance of this class of cadets and their commitment to a life of service,” said Dr. Bashar Hanna, interim president of Mansfield University. “Congratulations to the 2021 class of Municipal Police Academy graduates and best wishes.”

The following cadets were members of the 2021 graduating class and are now eligible to be certified as municipal police officers in Pennsylvania:  

  • Brandon S. Eberly, Denver, Pa.
  • Jacob Marvin Huling, Jersey Shore, Pa.
  • Nathaniel Kendall, Williamsport, Pa.
  • Stephen Thomas Kutches, Bellefonte, Pa.
  • Trevor Lee Lachat, Bellefonte, Pa.
  • Cassandra Jean Lageman, State College, Pa.
  • Christopher Logue, Jersey Shore, Pa.
  • Jared Mahosky, Jersey Shore, Pa.

Cassandra Lageman received The Christine Shegan Top Academic Award and Jacob Hulling received The James Fox Top Driver Award. Stephen Kutches was awarded The Barbara Butcher Top Physical Fitness Award and The Keith Graver Top Firearms Award.

Mansfield University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, John Ulrich, delivered opening remarks and Tioga County Commissioner Roger Bunn provided the address to the graduates.

The certificates were presented by Director of the M.U. Public Safety Training Institute (MUPSTI) and Mansfield University Chief of Police, Scott Henry, and Associate Provost, Dr. Josh Battin. Several law enforcement members from across the region also presented the certificates to the cadets.

“This class was excellent in many ways. The Grade Point Average was 94.2%, and the mandated requirement is the cadets pass the course with an 80% GPA,” explained Chief Henry. “With the education and training provided to them here at Mansfield, our graduates are now able to enter the law enforcement career field with proper and sufficient knowledge to be not only an asset to the departments they will serve in, but also to the communities in which they will serve and reside in.”

The Mansfield University Police Academy was certified in 1977 and graduated its first class in 1978.

The curriculum includes criminal law and investigation, vehicle code, accident investigation, first aid and CPR, operation of patrol vehicles, crisis management, defensive tactics, and firearms. In addition to Chief Henry, 26 other instructors from various law enforcement organizations and other related entities are involved in the cadets’ training.

Learn more about the Mansfield University Municipal Police Academy at