Monday, August 22, 2016

Criminal Justice Students in Service

After several months of hard work and training, three Vol State Criminal Justice students- Kaleb Helson, Shawn Marr and Daniel Layne  graduated to become Gallatin Police Reserve officers on Thursday August 18. They took the police officer oath and had their badges pinned on by family members. Criminal Justice Director Kevin Cook explains how it all came about:

For the last three years, students taking CRMJ 1150-Criminal Justice Career Planning had the opportunity to do mock police candidate panel interviews with several police departments/officers in our service area," Cook said. "Several of our Social Science and Education Division faculty, including Dean Foley, Angela Neal Brooks, David Fuqua and Rick Parrent, were panel participants as well. The Gallatin Police Department was one of the partners on the panel. They were very impressed with our students and invited them to apply for the Gallatin Police Reserves."

Cook said, this is the third reserve class to graduate with Vol State Criminal Justice students. Six former Vol State Criminal Justice students who became reserves have been hired full time by the Gallatin Police Department. 

Congrats to these newest reserves and to the Vol State Criminal Justice program. And congrats to Derrick Walker, the  Vol State Criminal Justice graduate and Gallatin reserve officer, was recently hired full time.

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