News: Intro to law enforcement expo gives Lejeune personnel options
Story by Cpl. Justin Rodriguez
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – A Jacksonville Police Officer visited Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune to answer Marine’s, sailor’s and base employee’s questions about joining the police force at the Intro to Law Enforcement meeting at the Russell Marine & Family Center aboard Base, Aug. 7.
Police Officer Two Christopher Bradley, an officer with the patrol division and native of Jacksonville, North Carolina, visited the installation to inform the patrons of their options in the police force.
“They had a lot of questions about what their options were,” said Bradley. “In North Carolina, we offer our officer training at our local community college, so it’s important to get that word out to these people.”
Coastal Carolina Community College offers Basic Law Enforcement Training, a program which is designed to give students the skills they need to be candidates for employment with law enforcement offices in the state.
“Almost 80% of our police force is retired or former Marines,” said Bradley. “Most of them do an awesome job and become great officers after transitioning out of the Corps, and some of them have said they didn’t know what to expect when going through this process, so I’m here to eliminate that.”
The program introduces students to everything a police academy would; giving them the knowledge they need to serve their community as an officer.
“There are police departments who do everything in-house,” said Bradley. “But when you take the course at the college, you get a certificate that allows you to join the police force anywhere in the county."
The meeting served as a preparation for the program, and also informed patrons of expectations, requirements and how to successfully become a police officer.
“The introduction was a great way for the participants to prepare themselves for the future,” said Lee Tuthill, a transition specialist with the Russell Marine & Family Center aboard base. “Life after transitioning out of the Marine Corps can be hard but we want to make it as easy as possible.”