FAYETTE, IOWA (March 19, 2007) – Upper Iowa University is among the ranks of 10 regionally accredited colleges across the country to offer Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) members undergraduate and graduate courses to obtain higher levels of education.
The program, called the National Fraternal Order of Police University (NFOPU), provides FOP members various choices of colleges and modes of delivery in order to complete their education.
“Upper Iowa is extremely proud to be part of the Fraternal Order of Police University,” said Tim Hunt, associate vice president of Upper Iowa’s extended university. “Our accelerated and flexible delivery modalities are a perfect fit to support the educational needs of law enforcement professionals across the country--at our off-campus centers or through our first-class distance education programs.”
The FOP knows it will take a highly-motivated, organized and committed individual to take classes while maintaining the demanding work schedule of a police officer. As a result, more and more incentive programs, such as tuition reimbursement, incentive pay, and opportunities for promotion are being offered by law enforcement agencies across the country. Upper Iowa is offering a 10 percent discount to FOP members.
According to the FOP Journal, today’s officers are confronted with a multitude of issues–from racial profiling, post-9/11 concerns to community policing–not to mention the demands of advanced technology. The public has come to expect a better-educated, better-trained, and more professional officer with a sense of social science; and a college education is the way to gain this knowledge. In addition to a college diploma, graduates will also receive a diploma from the NFOPU.
For more information about how to participate in the NFOPU college degree program, interested members should visit www.fop.net or check with their local FOP chapters for more information. FOP members may contact Kellie Coleman, UIU Regional Recruiter at (414) 475-3381 or visit www.uiu.edu.