Educators prepare the next generation of law enforcement, CIA
Students saw bomb squad and K-9 demonstrations
Last Updated: 101 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The University of Phoenix Valley Campus is helping build the next generation of law enforcement officers. The school is working with local and state agencies to help people explore the field in a different kind of way.
Lucero Rivera has big dreams of pursuing a career in criminal justice.
"I've always wanted to be in that field since high school,” Rivera said, “My ultimate goal is to be a special agent in the FBI."
Rivera is a student at the University of Phoenix where she learns directly from law enforcement professionals about her passion.
The school is hosting its annual career fair, an event filled with exhibits and demonstrations from the Bakersfield k-9 unit and its bomb squad. The fair also gives people interested in the field a chance to network with officers.
The workshop is not only educating people about the field of criminal justice, it's also bridging the gap between law enforcement and the community.
"Anytime you have the opportunity to have dialogue and give and take and it also allows local law enforcement to hear from the community, said Lyle Martin, Assistant Police Chief for City of Bakersfield
Worldwide Counterterrorism Center is also offering people a look inside the CIA.
Organizers say each workshop helps motivate and prepare participants for a long successful career in law enforcement.
"I think the most important thing is to follow your passion,” said Steven Shoemaker, the keynote speaker, “I think if individuals follow their passions then they enjoy what they are doing and they are good at what they do and then everything falls in place."
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