COTC to host Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice Panel Discussion

NEWARK, Ohio, April 7, 2017 — Whether it's local, city, county, state, or federal, the enforcement of our laws is serious and important work. Those working in law enforcement are dealing with an ever-evolving threat matrix. Law enforcement officials have to use both tried and true techniques, along with new intelligence and investigative tools, which creates the need for a new breed of educated officers, specialists and officials.

In an effort to provide persons interested in a career in law enforcement a better idea of how to prepare to pursue them and the various career opportunities available, Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will host an alumni panel discussionPublic Services - Safety_FacebookEvent.png Preparing for a Career in Law Enforcement on Thursday, April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The event is being held at the John Gilbert Reese Center's Melissa Warner Bow Grand Hall located at 1209 University Drive, Newark campus. This event is free and open to the public.

The event will allow interested persons to learn from and network with graduates who are already out working in the law enforcement community. Members of the panel include: Officer David Burris, K-9 Unit, Newark Division of Police; Officer Cara Butts, Granville Police Department; Deputy Taylor Dunlap, Fairfield County Sheriff's Office; Sheriff Randy Thorp, Licking County Sheriff; Mark Weiner, Director of Victim Services, Licking County Sheriff's Office; and Sergeant Jillyan Will, New Albany Police Department.

COTC's Institute for Public Services and Safety offers programs in Criminal Justice Technology and Law Enforcement Technology (LET). The LET program allows students to receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and complete the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) requirements simultaneously.

For additional information, please contact Kim Manno at manno.18@cotc.edu.

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.