Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy Looks for New Graduation Venue After NU Activists Call for Removal

NIAGARA COUNTY – A decision has been reached by law enforcement officials in Niagara County to find an off-campus solution for the Niagara County Law Enforcement graduation ceremony. While they say Niagara University provided on-campus solutions, students of the academy felt more welcoming options were available.

The stir over where to hold the ceremony started after a Niagara University campus petition called for the ceremony’s removal. The university had initially removed the graduation from being held on-campus due to “scheduling conflicts,” but many felt the petition and planned protests had something to do with the alteration. A link to the petition here: Petition Removal of Police Academy and transition to a Student Union. (

Niagara University President Rev. James J. Maher, Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti and Niagara Falls Superintendent of Police John Faso released the following joint statement:  

“Today we met to discuss the university’s initial request to move the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy (NCLEA) graduation from campus. The university provided a number of options to host the graduation at the university, however, the recruits have now expressed a desire to the Sheriff’s Office that the event be held elsewhere, and we will respect their wishes.  

“Our meeting this morning was productive, and understanding that direct and honest dialogue is always the best option, we each agreed on the need for more open communication between institutions in resolving these matters and issues in the broader community. We look forward to continuing our important work together.”