By MATT PIKE
St. Joseph Post
Missouri Western State University has named the new leader of the Law Enforcement Academy on the St. Joseph campus.
Lonnie Bishop, a veteran of the Buchanan County Sheriff's Department, will lead the academy beginning on June 16th.
“The Law Enforcement Academy is an important way that we serve the region, training the people who keep our communities safe, so finding the right person to serve as commander is vital,” Missouri Western President Elizabeth Kennedy says in a news release.
“Lonnie Bishop’s extensive experience in law enforcement and training as well as his demonstrated leadership abilities will serve our cadets and our community well.”
Bishop has been an investigator with the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department since 2014 and has served as a part-time instructor in the Law Enforcement Academy since 2021. He retired as a captain in the U.S. Air Force after a combined 20 years of service in the Air Force and U.S. Navy. He has Bachelor of Information Science and Master of Information Science Management degrees from the University of Phoenix.
"My goal is to implement three core values at the Academy: compassion, integrity and knowledge," Bishop says. "I am most excited about working with the cadets and using my prior experiences to continue to grow the Academy."
The next class starts Monday, July 10. Applications are currently being accepted. For more information click HERE.