Originally created 05/24/04

67-year-old to graduate from police academy



OMAHA, Neb. ‹ A 67-year-old University of Nebraska at Omaha professor is slated to graduate Tuesday from the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy in Tallahassee, Fla.

UNO psychology professor Robert Woody will be the oldest person on record to graduate at the law enforcement school's police academy.

Woody said Sept. 11 inspired him to go through police training and his interest in law enforcement grew as he saw crime and terror becoming more influential in American life.

Woody said his age was never an issue with his fellow cadets.

"From day one, every recruit treated me like an accepted peer," Woody said.He was even elected president of his recruit class.

Woody said he has no plans to start a new career in law enforcement, but that he will start focussing on law enforcement issues when he returns to the classroom.

"I'm especially concerned about bullying and violence in the school and crime at colleges and universities," Woody said.