Job Fair Focuses on Valley Trained Police Officers
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APPLETON -- Police departments from across the state are in Appleton looking for the next generation of crime fighters.
Law enforcement recruiters say shrinking budgets are limiting the number of new officer positions. As a result, new recruits are being held to higher standards than in years past in what has become a very competitive job market.
Hundreds of students came to Fox Valley Technical College to speak one on one with police recruiters from dozens of agencies.
Steven Kincaid is in the midst of a career change, making the rounds at the job fair.
The 43 year old FVTC criminal justice has a background in computer forensics.
"I wanted to apply my knowledge in computers to fighting computer crime, internet crime, and all that goes along with that,” Kincaid said.
The college's 10th annual recruiting event features about 25 departments from across the state.
Departments are on the lookout for officers to help curb cyber crime.
“Having a background like that it's as important as having a second language, if somebody can speak a second language we're also looking for those kinds of skills, said Sgt. Dave Lund of the Appleton police department.
For future officers like Kincaid, these types of networking experiences with police agencies are invaluable.
Each police recruiter speaks with between 20 and 50 potential officers during the 4 hour job fair.
The college will soon offer a class specializing in cyber crime. It’s called "Financial Fraud Detection" will be offered for the first time this fall.