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Learning about law enforcement careers at ‘Criminal Justice Camp’

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School may be out for summer, but there is still a lot to learn at Albertus Magnus College.

For the 9th year in a row, the college has turned a parking lot into a showcase for all of the possible careers in public safety.

“Every year, the numbers have been increasing, the number of students participating as well as the number of agencies that donate their time to come here and speak to the kids as well,” said Albertus Magnus Criminal Justice Program Director Jay Lawrie. He wants to show these high school students the many different career paths for people want to keep the public safe.

“I want to go into the Army and then maybe FBI, CIA, something like that,” said Alyson Petitti from Shelton.

“I want to be a social worker and I want to be a criminal lawyer,” said Evelyn Brown of Woodstock.

New this year, the New Haven Fire Department talking about arson investigation. The Department of Correction also showed off some of its hardware.

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It’s not just about work in the field, inside the science lab, students also learned how to do a DNA test, and always popular is Jackie, the explosives-sniffing State Police dog.

“Now that I’m here, it’s a different view for me,” said Savanna Brookshire of New Haven. “I like what I’m seeing and it’s a different career option that I might have to see in the future.”

“It’s really about a multi-jurisdictional approach to public safety, and that’s why we have all our state, local, and federal partners here today,” said Sgt. James Scott of the Connecticut State Police, who helped start the camp nine years ago. “It’s all about letting kids know what options they have.”

The hope is, somewhere down the road, one of these students might be a prosecutor, one a fire investigator, one a police detective, and thanks to what they’ve learned here, they can all work together to solve a case.

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