Cedarville and Central State Universities to Pilot Ohio Colleges and Law Enforcement Pathways Program

Lebanese Police Chief Jeffrey Mitchell and Beavercreek Police Chief Jeff Fiorita said their departments are working to recruit qualified candidates, including women and minority applicants, into their departments and that the program will open new ways to achieve their goals.

“This not only gives us the opportunity to participate in their development, but also an opportunity to hire them when they successfully complete the program,” said Mitchell.

He said the department has done a good job focusing on diversity and that a police service should reflect the community it serves.

Fiorita said interest in policing as a career has waned in recent years. He said when he took the tests more than 100 people applied for the job and he is now fortunate to have over 30 applicants.

He said the number drops after applicants take the entrance exam and he hopes the program will open the door to more qualified applicants.

“This fits perfectly with our current recruiting efforts which we have been putting in place for many years,” he said.

The program will benefit everyone, said Patrick Oliver, director of the criminal justice program at Cedarville University and senior consultant to the Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment.

“Students will graduate from a college program that will develop their leadership skills while being mentored and prepared for a career in law enforcement, law enforcement agencies will have a pool of highly qualified applicants and universities will benefit from this unique program. program for criminal justice students, ”he said.

Being a police officer is a viable career that people should want to pursue, said Sarah Shendy, administrator of the Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment.

“It’s the best job on the planet, it’s the most rewarding,” she said. “A lot of people think of leaving a legacy, but as a police officer you can see your legacy in your community and the children you interact with. I understand this is a very difficult time for law enforcement, but that’s when the leaders stand up. “

“Every police officer is a leader because every time we are in the community we have the potential to make an impact and change lives,” said Shendy.

There are many professions that change lives, she said, “but no one does it under the conditions under which law enforcement operates every day.

“You don’t wonder if you’re making a difference in someone else’s life, you know.”

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