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Cedarville University and Central State University to Pilot New Police Recruitment Program
MIAMI VALLEY — Two Miami Valley universities are piloting a new police recruitment program designed to bring more women and minority officers to the force in cities across the state.
Cedarville University and Central State University will be the first to participate in the state’s new College To Law Enforcement Pathway, unveiled Wednesday by Gov. Mike DeWine. DeWine spoke at the Ohio Department of Public Safety building in Columbus, flanked by officers from multiple police departments across the state.
“This program is about recruiting law enforcement candidates and equipping them with the skills they need for career success before they even wear a badge,” DeWine said.
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Under the program, a junior or senior college student majoring in criminal justice will be paired with a police department mentor who will help them learn what it takes to be a police officer. Later, upon graduation, the student will be guaranteed a job in the department in which he studied. Patrick Oliver of Cedarville University said it would benefit both the student and the police department. And it will help solve a persistent problem facing government departments.
“We want more women and minorities in law enforcement. This is an entry-level law enforcement leadership program for students,” Oliver said.
Local agencies participating in the program include Beavercreek and Xenia Police Services. Captain Steve Lane said he can’t wait to see how it goes.
“Only time will tell how fruitful it is. We’re excited to be part of something new and creative. The prospect of having a group of contestants we haven’t had so far” , Lane said.
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Students majoring in criminal justice may already be headed for a career in policing, but Oliver said it would be a more focused pipeline to bring top candidates to local agencies. When announcing the program, DeWine noted that it’s a tough time to be a police officer.
“This is not an easy time for law enforcement. It is incumbent upon us as the government and the public to ensure that law enforcement has all the tools they need,” DeWine said. .
The program begins this fall and has already attracted the attention of other police departments and top schools, including Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati.
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