Bloomsburg University Police Department Partner with LSU for Emergency Preparedness and Response

For Immediate Release

Date: June 28, 2019

Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Media Relations

Bloomsburg University Police Department Partner with LSU for Emergency Preparedness and Response

BLOOMSBURG--The Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Police Department (BUPD) has created a training relationship with Louisiana State University (LSU) and its National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) and Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education (ACE).  The goal is to establish a long-lasting relationship to provide continuing training and education for BUPD and local law enforcement, equipping them with the knowledge to assist in everyday operations and public safety.  BUPD and LSU NCBRT/ACE will collaborate in providing public safety training available to all of the campus community and other institutions, locally and across the commonwealth. 

LSU NCBRT/ACE is a nationally recognized center for emergency preparedness and response training located at Louisiana State University’s flagship campus in Baton Rouge, La. It provides mobile training to both the national and international emergency response community.

“My vision in developing a training relationship with LSU is to bring a high level of training and education to BU Police, and area state, local and our federal agencies promoting ongoing professional development, a higher level of professionalism and reduce liability and risk,” said Leo Sokoloski, director of the Bloomsburg University police department. “My philosophy is failure to train is training for failure.  We can minimize our training costs by bringing LSU here to our higher ed facility, and the training is free, we don’t pay for travel or lodging, this allows us to provide nationally recognized law enforcement instructors in a broad array of 21st Century law enforcement topics that normally would be cost prohibitive.”

The NCBRT/ACE continuously develops new and innovative approaches to new world problems capitalizing on the successes and failures it observes.  Whether it is protecting children in schools, training responders in new and advanced methods, or lending our expertise to foreign allies, the NBRT/ACE remains committed to development and delivery of the best training and educational practices to maintain our values and freedoms.

“Expert developed and delivered standardized training is vital to the success of facing potential threats in today’s complex world,” said Jason Krause, associate director of operations and plans for the NCBRT. “The training hosted by Bloomsburg University is important because the two courses provide participants with knowledge that strengthen the web of security at the university, with the ultimate beneficiary being Bloomsburg students.”

The first training session was held the week of June 24.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Art and Science and Technology.