Students in OCC’s newly-formed Criminal Justice Club got a first-hand look at the career they’re considering when local law enforcement agencies brought their hardware to campus. The Syracuse Police Department contributed a cruiser and its Crisis Response Team truck, while the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department brought up a SWAT vehicle, a Bomb Squad truck and a cruiser for students to examine inside and out. Both agencies also had officers on hand for students to discuss career options with.
“This was a great experience for our students,” said Assistant Professor Peter Patnode. “We wanted to enhance the student’s overall experience. We learn a lot in class but this takes it to the next level. It allows students to get a first-hand look at the equipment. By speaking with police officers they realize they are people just like them.”
Jonathan Rovtar-Ruiz (Jamesville-Dewitt), a sophomore and President of the Criminal Justice Club, got a lot out of the event. “Today is a reminder for me that I am pursuing the right career. The opportunity to meet members of law enforcement up close and see what they work with is priceless.”