GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The Harrison County Law Enforcement Training Academy is back in operation. Sheriff Melvin Brisolara announced Thursday that the academy will offer its first class in June.
The academy will now operate from facilities at the Mississippi Air National Guard Base in Gulfport.
The academy was located at the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Park Campus from 1987 until 2005. Hurricane Katrina destroyed the building. Former Sheriff George Payne moved the operation to Camp Shelby, south of Hattiesburg, after the storm.
Sheriff Brisolara worked to receive certification to move the academy back to Harrison County.
"We are fortunate to have developed a partnership with the Mississippi Air National Guard and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College," Brisolara said. "This partnership is committed to providing the best law enforcement training available to officers throughout the state of Mississippi."
The facilities at the ANG base will allow all required basic training, including physical fitness, firearms and defensive driving in one location.
"Our dorms and our classrooms are newly constructed, state of the art, military facilities," Brisolara said.
Graduates of the academy's basic training course will receive 12 semester hours of Criminal Justice college credit. Captain Bill Markopoulos will lead the Law Enforcement Academy. Markopoulos is a veteran law enforcer with more than 30 years experience and a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
For more information on the Harrison County Law Enforcement Academy click here, or call Capt. Markopoulos at (228) 896-0643.
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