Criminal Justice Club’s Hands-on Learning

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.

 

Students in Onondaga's Criminal Justice Club see how to operate a robot that is part of the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department's Bomb Squad.

Students see how to operate a robot that is part of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department’s Bomb Squad.

“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.”

Sgt. John Stephens of the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department speaks with students about the proper way to use firearms.

Sgt. John Stephens of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department speaks with students about the proper way to use firearms.

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