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Franklin University Holds News Conference to Announce Local Law Enforcement Feasibility Study Grant

Columbus, OH (June 27, 2017)

On Tuesday, June 28, Franklin University will host a news conference to announce the awarding of a Local Government Innovation grant to a public-private consortium led by the Columbus State Community College Police Department and Franklin University’s Department of Public Administration. 

The grant will help fund a collaboration between the University and seven Central Ohio law enforcement organizations that employ and train 300 officers, to study and assess the feasibility of using a common learning management system, BlueQuill, for the development, delivery, tracking, and reporting of agency training in online and hybrid formats. 

The organizations participating in this innovative public-private partnership include: Columbus State Community College Police Department (serving as the lead law enforcement agency), Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Powell Police Department, Reynoldsburg Police Department, Westerville Police Department, Worthington Police Department, Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation and Franklin University.


  • Dr. David Decker, President, Franklin University
  • Dr. Jonathan McCombs, Program Chair, Criminal Justice Administration, Franklin University
  • MarKel Snyder, Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives, Franklin University
  • Chief Sean Asbury, Chief of Police, Columbus State Community College
  • Chief Joe Morbitzer, Chief of Police, Westerville

Where: Franklin University Main Campus, Parking Lot C (Corner of E. Main and S. Grant)
or Ross Auditorium, Alumni Hall in the event of rain

When: Tuesday, June 28, 11 a.m.

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at over 25 Midwest locations and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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