Building Relationships with Law Enforcement

Students interested in a career in law enforcement attended the Criminal Justice Club’s annual student recruitment event in the parking lot outside Mawhinney Hall Wednesday, September 16. This year’s event focused on reducing the barriers between the public and the police.

Officers from the Syracuse Police and Onondaga County Sheriff’s departments gave students the opportunity to see their equipment first-hand and get to know them as people. Students were able to try on SWAT Team gear, hold weapons and see the inside of police vehicles. Students also spoke with officers about their jobs and career options. Criminal Justice Club members wore t-shirts with the words, “The public are the police and the police are the public.”

“It was important to have interactive events,” said Criminal Justice Professor Pete Patnode. “We’ve asked each of our students to come away with the names and contact information of two law enforcement representatives they met here. We want to stimulate conversation in the classroom we can build off of.”

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