The City of Warner Robins and Fort Valley State University entered a partnership today for criminal justice students at the university.
The goal is to give future law enforcement officers real-life experience with the city's police department. The partnership also helps the police department with its recruitment efforts, especially with bringing in more minorities.
The idea came as a suggestion from a university alumnus who is connected with the city, and the entire deal, including paperwork, took about two weeks. Interns will go into the police department, see the different divisions, and may even ride along with patrol officers. Fort Valley chief legal officer Charles Jones says this is a great opportunity for the school and students.
"The opportunity for them to go into the police department here at Warner Robins will give our students a chance to actually see the degree that they're seeking," says Jones.
Warner Robins police chief Brett Evans is pleased to teach students outside of their classrooms.
"You can teach so much in campus and so much out of books, but it's not real to them until you actually come out and experience it," says Chief Evans.
The agreement is broad enough that the city of Warner Robins can choose to allow students to intern in any department within the city.