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CPCC Public Safety: Serving Those Who Serve Our Community
Welcome to CPCC's Public Safety Programs webpage.  The Public Safety Division is dedicated to serving the education (curriculum) and training (CCE) needs of incumbent and aspiring public safety professionals.

William G. Kennedy, PhD
Director - Public Safety Programs
Office Phone (704) 330-4193


Curriculum Education
The Public Safety program offers college-level curriculum classes leading to Associate in Applied Science degrees in Criminal Justice Technology, Fire Protection Technology and Emergency Medical Science for students interested in going on to careers in public safety or to a four-year college or university to continue their studies. Students can also earn curriculum certificates in a variety of specialized areas. In addition, the College offers Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET), which provides the training necessary for individuals to become law enforcement officers in North Carolina. The Public Safety Division office is located in the Claudia Watkins Belk Center for Justice on Central Piedmont Community College's Merancas (formally North) Campus in Huntersville, NC. Criminal Justice courses are taught at the Merancas, Cato, Central, Harris and Levine Campuses.  The Fire Protection Technology Program is located on the College's Harris Campus.   The Emergency Medical Science programs are located in the Elizabeth Classroom building on Central Campus.  The EMS program offers training and classes on the Central, Merancas and Levine campuses. Many of the public safety classes are also available on-line.

Corporate and Continuing Education

Our Corporate and Continuing Education (CCE) Division provides advanced and in-service training for all of the public safety professions. Offerings include the College’s American Academy of Applied Forensics (AAAF), which provides state-of-the-art training in forensics for law enforcement, initial and continuing education opportunities for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and a new Paramedic Training Program which began in spring 2012. State-mandated and in-service training for law enforcement, as well as advanced training topics are offered. Thanks to a partnership with Charlotte Fire Department, we offer in-service training for Fire & Rescue municipal and volunteer agencies.

CPCC Public Safety Values Statement
"Even when faced with the murderous madness of criminals, and in the presence of the silent agony of their victims, it is incumbent upon us to choose between escape and solidarity, shame and honor. The terrorists have chosen shame. We choose honor. "               
~Elie Wiesel