Nanticoke, June 9, 2020 – After being nominated by Governor Tom Wolf, the Senate recently confirmed William Barrett’s appointment to the Municipal Police Officers’ Education & Training Commission (MPOETC).
Barrett has had a long career in both law enforcement and public service. He currently serves as Director of the Public Safety Training Institute/Campus Security & Safety at Luzerne County Community College and is serving his fifth term on the Wilkes-Barre City Council. Barrett was a Wilkes-Barre City police officer for over 27 years, retiring as Chief of Police in 2000. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, FBI National Academy Associates and a number of state and local law enforcement organizations.
“William Barrett has spent his life dedicated to working in public service, with his many years as a law enforcement officer and former Chief of Police for the City of Wilkes-Barre, a member of the Wilkes-Barre City Council and presently in his role as Director of the Public Safety Training Institute at Luzerne County Community College,” said State Senator John Yudichak (I – Luzerne/Carbon). “The training, experience and leadership skills he’s acquired from an extensive career in public safety will allow him to make an immediate impact as the newest member of the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission. I would like to congratulate William and I wish him the best in his new appointment.”
The Municipal Police Officers’ Education & Training Commission (MPOETC) consisting of 20 members appointed by the Governor, was established in 1974 to establish certification and training standards for Municipal Police Officers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Commission staff, consisting of employees of the Pennsylvania State Police, also oversees training and certification of Lethal Weapons Agents (Act 235), the certification of schools and instructors for both programs, and the retired law enforcement identification program (Act 79).
“I would like to thank Senator John Yudichak and his staff, along with Governor Tom Wolf, for the trust they have placed in me with this appointment,” said Barrett. “I am very honored and privileged to have received this appointment to the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission.
I have great respect for the Commission and all of the work it does to provide training standards and certification for municipal police officers across the Commonwealth, and I look forward to working with the other Commission members in continuing that tradition.”
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