Submitted by Lisa Bielmeier
Orleans/Niagara BOCES Public Relations Director
The security and law enforcement program at Niagara Career and Technical Education Center recently conducted officer safety and self-defense training. U.S. Army recruiting officers from Niagara Falls, Staff Sgt. Stephen Rohe and Pvt. Isiah Wilczek lead the training.
Teacher Jess Traver said, “As advisory committee members, they provide the program up-to-date information, tactics and techniques used in the law enforcement field.”
The program has 12 advisory committee members from all local police agencies, federal agencies in Niagara County, local leaders and private security companies and businesses.
Throughout the year, students learn skills and achieve certifications from all branches of the military and with the class’ partner law enforcement agencies in Niagara County. This includes a self-defense certification, officer safety training and defensive tactics.
“One of the major goals of the program is to expose students to the reality of law enforcement and the physical requirements of the job,” Traver said. “This introduction familiarizes the students with basic skills taught in the academy and in military basic training, helping them make career decisions and prepared for success.”