Dixson, also a graduate of Buena Vista University, is a member of the 13th group of police officers to graduate from WITCC's Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy. The group enrolled for classes on Sept. 13, and completed an eight-week training program. In order to graduate, the students had to demonstrate competency in 46 different subjects.
Before the creation of the academy at WITCC, individuals living in the western part of the state who wished to become police officers had to be hired by an Iowa law enforcement agency, and then attend a 14-week structured Iowa Law Enforcement Academy training program at Camp Dodge, in Johnston. The cost of the training was funded by area taxpayers.
The establishment of the academy at WITCC enables area officers to travel daily from home to college, and obtain their necessary certification in only eight weeks.
Officer Dixson, a native of Cherokee County, said she is happy that the course is now available at the more convenient location.