During one class, they may be executing an arrest. On another, searching for contraband. And during yet another class, they may be doing push-ups under the scrutinizing eyes of a drill sergeant.
Welcome to the criminal justice program at Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) where high school juniors and seniors get a head start on their career goals.
The program is offered at the Albany and Schoharie CTE campuses, providing students from a wide-swath of the region an early entry in their chosen profession.
"I either want to go into the military or college. I don't know yet. But I definitely want to pursue a career in law enforcement. Capital Region BOCES CTE has given me an excellent start,â€� said Andrew Amodio, a student at the Schoharie campus' program.
The program teaches students about the history, theory, practices and recent developments in these professions. Students learn about police, court and prison systems, operation of security and protection programs, and procedures in public, commercial and residential settings.
Hands-on learning teaches patrolling and investigative skills, including radio use, note-taking, evidence gathering, and dealing with safety hazards and emergency situations, as well as lifting fingerprints, photographing and diagramming crime scenes. Criminal Justice students also study civil and criminal law.
"Going to BOES teaches you the basics of criminal investigation and law enforcement, I want to be an investigator — to piece crimes together and figure how they happened and why they did it. By going to BOCES I am learning how do to that,â€� said Andrew Dudwoire, a junior from Cohoes in the Albany campus program.
Classmate Zach Myers also appreciates the program for the head-start it offers.
"I want to go into forensics with the FBI. Going to BOCES gives me
the basics of the information
I need to do that. For example, I didn't know anything about fingerprints and I have already learned that at BOCES,â€� said the junior from Bethlehem.
Sarah Barton, a senior from Sharon Springs in the Schoharie campus program, concurs.
"I want to be a cop and by going to CTE, I have learned about laws and different techniques that I will need to know,â€� she said.
In the top photo, Andrew Dudwoire of Cohoes and Zach Myers
of Bethlehem analyze a footprint mold.
In the top photo, Andrew Dudwoire of Cohoes and Zach Myers of Bethlehem analyze a footprint mold.
In the second photo, Kathryn Dobesh of Middleburgh and Sarah Barton of Sharon Springs do push-ups under the watchful eye of a sergeant from the New York National Guard
Below, teacher Scott Murray shows the proper handcuff method to students Gideon Adarkwah of Schalmont using student Matt Dixon, also of Schalmont.