Program Offers Insider View of the World of Criminal Justice – Posted 12/11/14

A total of 16 students from County College of Morris (CCM) recently participated in the Morris County Law Enforcement Career Development Workshop.

The CCM students, along with other program graduates, were recognized at a special ceremony at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy on December 8.

Sponsored by the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the New Jersey Police Community Affairs Officers Association, and the Morris County Department of Law and Public Safety, the training was first offered in 2010. This semester’s 10-week series drew students from 17 area colleges and universities, the most represented in any single semester.

Weekly workshop topics included preparing for law enforcement examinations, suicide prevention and stress management, domestic violence, networking, and interview and resume preparation, along with a K-9 demonstration. Two times during the semester, a panel of professionals representing a wide range of law enforcement fields spoke about their career paths and answered students’ questions.

Hands-on experiences included homicide investigations, physical assessments, police academy training and defensive tactics.

For the final session, 25 law enforcement professionals returned to conduct individual mock interviews providing the students with invaluable feedback on their resumes and interviews.

This year’s program was coordinated by William Schievella, the retired chief of detectives from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and current CCM Trustee, along with volunteers from more than eight police organizations and colleges and universities.

Since its inception, more than 200 CCM students have graduated from the program.

Photo: Faculty, public officials and graduates of this fall’s Morris County Law Enforcement Career Development Workshop pose for a group photo at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy.