Tewksbury Police and public schools collaborate to offer high school students a pathway to law enforcement | News

TEWKSBURY — Police Chief Ryan Columbus and Superintendent Bren­da Theriault-Regan are pleased to share that Tewksbury Police Depart­ment and Tewksbury Pub­lic Schools are collaborating to offer students an introduction to the field of criminal justice through elective classes at Tewksbury Memorial High School.

Currently, about 20 juniors and seniors are taking Introduction to Cri­minal Justice, which provides an illuminating, hands-on look at the dai­ly work of law enforcement. Students learn how officers process crime scenes and interview witnesses. They also gain an understanding of both physical fitness requirements and law.

The collaboration is aim­ed at building a sol­id partnership with the Tewksbury Police Depart­ment, thus creating a pathway to law enforcement careers for students in Tewksbury Pub­lic Schools who believe they may be interested in being a police officer, first responder, or in oth­er law-related careers. It also assists law enforcement, which faces a local and nationwide recruiting crunch.

“We know we need to do a better job of connecting kids to real-life ca­reers, so we’re committed to providing applied learning experiences and all kinds of career learning opportunities,” said Superintendent Ther­iault-Regan. “This kind of engaging, hands-on learning can help students realize that this is a career field that they would enjoy pursuing, or it can help them realize if it’s not. At the end of the day, we need to give our students more opportunities to investigate and try out possible career paths.”

The Tewksbury Police Department prioritizes maintaining and building a partnership between po­lice and the community, and this partnership with Tewksbury Public Schools furthers that goal while strengthening schools as well.

“This is about building a partnership with the schools and the community. We need to bridge the gap about what is per­ceived that we do and what we actually do in the community. We are also

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