“The Pell City Police Department with Pell City High School teacher Margo Curran sponsored the field day for students in the criminal justice classes at the high school,” said Sgt. Don Newton, public information officer for the Pell City Police Department.
Curran said this is the second year she has taught Introduction to Criminal Justice, and the school has already had to add a class period this year to accommodate the interest the students have had about the course.
“Pell City High School is trying to become career ready with additional programs,” she said. “We understand it is not a one size fits all society where every student plans to attend a university right out of high school. As an educational system, we are trying to implement programs which give our students viable options upon graduation.”
Curran said the program works closely with the Pell City Police Department, court system and local law offices, collaborating together to see how best to bring the interest to students in the criminal justice field.
“It has been a positive experience so far,” she said. “The students did not know how many opportunities there are in the criminal justice field at the county, state and federal level.”
Newton said the field day featured recruiters from the Birmingham Police Department, the St. Clair County SWAT Team and the helicopter from the Etowah County Sheriff’s Department in addition to the Pell City Police Department’s new Dive Team, Marine Police unit and Mobile Command Center. Officers also demonstrated polygraph examinations.
“The criminal justice class has been helpful,” said Cara Hill, a sophomore at Pell City High School. “I enjoyed learning about the different aspects in the criminal justice field.”
Hill said although she does not yet know what path she wants to take, the field day helped her realize she wants to pursue criminal justice and learned about steps to take toward that goal.
“I enjoyed learning about what to study in college and learning about what you need to pursue the criminal justice field,” said Ean Davis, a sophomore at Pell City High School. “It helped me narrow down choices. I want to be a game warden because I like the outdoors and being around nature.”
Pell City Police Chief Greg Turley said the field day was a definite success.
“I’m pleased that we are able to work with Ms. Curran to bring these resources to the students,” he said. “I appreciate the hard work of Ms. Curran and our D.A.R.E./School Resource Officers Cpl. Jessie Burgos and Justin Cooper. We hope to make it a yearly event.”
Burgos said he and Cooper were happy to work with students interested in the criminal justice field.
“We are always looking for different ways to bring positive programs and experiences to students of all ages throughout the school system, and this is a great example of that,” he said.
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