Cedarville and Central State universities will pilot a state honors program aimed at teaching aspiring police officers the skills needed for a career in law enforcement, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday.
The College to Law Enforcement Pathway Program is designed to develop leadership skills by pairing criminal justice students with law enforcement mentors.
“Students who graduate from this rigorous professional development program will have great potential to become Ohio’s next generation of law enforcement leaders,” said DeWine. “In a time when many law enforcement agencies are struggling to recruit highly qualified candidates, this program will create a pool of pre-qualified applicants with a strong understanding of criminal justice issues and the know-how to form positive relationships within their communities.”
The program will begin during the upcoming fall semesters at Cedarville and Central State. It will be open to qualifying upper-class criminal justice majors. Participants will be guaranteed a job with a partnering law enforcement agency upon graduation.
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