Kayla O’Connell and Shamere Pinn, Criminal Justice majors, spoke with Officer Matt Dearing of the Schenectady Police Department recently, discovering what he loves about his job with the SPD. Officer Dearing was one of several law enforcement professionals who gathered at SUNY SCCC’s Center City location during the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Career Experience.
Students met with representatives from local police departments, the New York State Police, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Army Reserve, among others.
A highlight of the event, coordinated by the Career and Transfer Services Office, was a presentation titled, “In the Line of Fire: Violence Against Law Enforcement” delivered by Schenectady Police Officer Mark Weekes (at left) and District Attorney Robert Carney (below). Officer Weekes discussed his experience after having been assaulted and beaten on the job. D.A. Carney discussed the prosecution of the perpetrator of the crime.
“Officer Weekes spoke realistically about what it means to be a police officer,” said Dr. Michael Roggow, Dean of the Division of Business, Criminal Justice and Law. “He doled out plenty of wisdom for our students. He spoke about the value of empathy, to expect the unexpected, and to balance our lives with outside activities that carry meaning for us.”