Building on the success of relationships built between New Brunswick High School students and officers with the New Brunswick Police Department, our students were given a further taste of what it is to be in the field of public safety and law enforcement through a Law Enforcement Career Day event on May 3.
Officers, first responders and professionals with the New Brunswick Police Department, the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, New Jersey State Police, Rutgers University Department of Emergency Services, Rutgers Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office were on hand to talk about their jobs and answer questions from students about the pursuit of a career in public service.
Middlesex County College’s department of Natural Sciences also discussed the field of forensics investigation, and fugitive recovery and bail professionals discussed their roles in field of criminal justice.
NBPD K-9 Odin was also there to greet and be pet by by the students.
The idea for the event sprung out of the Law Enforcement Collaborative program. Now in its second year, this City program brings NBPD officers into 10th grade U.S. History classrooms as part of the curriculum, discussing issues of law enforcement and community with a goal of building relationships.
Because of the dialogue and learning that has taken place n that program, students have expressed interest in learning more about entering the fields of public safety and law enforcement. A career event was a natural next step, said Rene Edghill Smith, a Vice Principal for New Brunswick High School and a an organizer for the event.
“Our City’s Police Department has enjoyed a tremendous partnership with our schools and their students. Programs like DARE, GREAT, and the Law Enforcement Collaborative help to develop constructive dialog and build relationships between our students and police officers, strengthening the bonds within the community,” said Mayor Jim Cahill. “Participation in Career Day provides yet another opportunity for our officers and students to exchange thoughts and ideas and to better know each other as our students explore career opportunities.”
The NBPD sent a special group of staff and officers to participate in the event, utilizing mainly graduates from New Brunswick High School to represent the department during the event.
Approximately 1,000 students ranging from sophomores to seniors participated throughout the day.
“A successful career in law enforcement and public safety is a tremendously rewarding experience, achieved through hard work and dedication,” said New Brunswick Police Director Anthony A. Caputo. “We are pleased with the progress of the Law Enforcement Collaborative Program and pride ourselves on being positive role models and resources for any students who are interested in pursuing law enforcement careers.”
“The opportunity to regularly interact with officers from the New Brunswick Police Department is tremendously beneficial to our district’s students,” says Dr. Aubrey Johnson, Superintendent, New Brunswick Public Schools. “Whether through in-class discussion sessions or an event like our recent career day, getting to know the officers as individuals – as people – will shape their world view, beginning with their own neighborhoods. It’s difficult to overstate the value of our partnership with the local police department.”