DURANGO/MANCOS – Southwest Colorado Community College, a division of Pueblo CC, has tapped a true expert in the field to be its new Law Enforcement Academy Coordinator. Anita Seamans has 32 years of experience in law enforcement, 21 of them as a police department detective and another 11 as a patrol officer.
Seamans comes to the college from San Antonio where she also was a police instructor for 26 years with the Regional Academy. As her first day at SCCC began last month, she noted her excitement at getting started.
“This is a dream job for me,” said Seamans, who has a doctorate of philosophy in organizational leadership from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.
That degree will be useful to her as she will be involved in officer education full time and hopes to start in-service training at the college, which is continuing education for current officers. Seamans hopes to offer local law enforcement officers training courses in leadership development, patrol, criminal investigation and telecommunication.
“Right now for such training, they have to go all the way to Denver to get training,” she pointed out.
The Southwest Colorado Community College Law Enforcement Academy, which is located at 33057 Highway 160 between Mancos and Cortez, graduated nine students in May at a ceremony in Durango. Over the past 14 academies, the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification rate has been excellent, with a 98 percent passage rate on the test. Seamans is prepared to sustain if not exceed this success.
Southwest Colorado Community College is a division of Pueblo Community College, a premier teaching institution focused on providing academic and service excellence, without discrimination, to help its students acquire the 21st Century skills needed to better their lives. An educational and technological leader, PCC fosters economic development and utilizes strong partnerships in the communities it serves through its Pueblo, Fremont and Southwest campuses.