Introducing the Maine Community Policing Challenge of the Maine Community Policing Institute and the UMA Justice Studies program

This challenge is being offered to the over 120 law enforcement agencies in Maine who employ full-time police officers, deputy sheriffs, and state law enforcement officers with the goal of enrolling as many of these 3000 officers as possible into the UMA Certificate in Community Policing (18 CR) credential.

MCJA graduates of the Basic Law Enforcement Training Program earn an automatic 15 credits toward this certificate by simply enrolling and transferring their MCJA transcript to UMA, it’s as simple as that…just one more online course of JUS 352 Community Policing and you’re finished!

Our promise is for each officer who completes the certificate to receive the UMA Educational Merit Award uniform pin (pictured) and for each agency that achieves 100% of their officers holding community policing certificates to receive the UMA Award for Community Policing Education.

MCPI challenge pin

Certificate in Community Policing Courses

Required CourseFulfilled as MCJA GradEarn with UMA
JUS 200 – Principles of InvestigationX
JUS 230 – Traffic Accident
JUS 289 – Topics in Justice StudiesX
JUS 380 – Probation and ParoleX
JUS 389 – Topics in Justice StudiesX
JUS 352 – Community PolicingX

Community policing concentrates on preventing crime and eliminating the atmosphere of fear it creates. Earning the trust of the community and making those individuals stakeholders in their own safety enables law enforcement to better understand and address both the needs of the community and the factors that contribute to crime.”

Learn more about UMA’s Maine Community Policing Institute.

Waterville police department
Left to Right: Waterville Police Chief William Bonney, MCPI Director Noel March, Waterville Police Sergeant Kyle McDonald.

Tuition reimbursement of half the costs may be available from our partners at the Harold Alfond Center for the Advancement of Maine’s Workforce

Questions? Contact Program Director Chief Noel C. March.

Map of Maine with location markers for all of UMA's Centers

Why UMA?

The University of Maine at Augusta Currently serving nearly 6,000 students, UMA is the third largest university in the University of Maine System, with campuses in Augusta and Bangor, eight UMA centers statewide, 30+ additional learning sites for web-based courses in virtually every corner of Maine, and online everywhere.

UMA is especially noted for its experience and success supporting adult students, some who enter college after many years away from a classroom. UMA faculty and staff understand the special challenges of these adult students, who often juggle family and work responsibilities while attending college.