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Back to the Future for CJS Students

Friday, December 01, 2017

12 students stand with police officers

CJS Students with Deputy Sheriffs Carey and Voegler who are alumni of the program.

On December 1, the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Criminal Justice Studies (CJS) students at the F. Donald Myers Education Center had the opportunity to meet two Saratoga County Deputy Sheriffs who are also alumni of the program.

Deputy Sheriff John Carey (Class of 1996) and Deputy Sheriff Nikki Voegler (Class of 2007) made a presentation to AM and PM classes about law enforcement careers and their day to day duties as police officers.

They showed the students protective gear, safety items they pack in their vests, talked about patrols, and even showed the students their patrol car.

The deputies spoke about their experiences during and after high school and the career paths that lead them to the Sheriff’s Department. Students listened intently to the alumni who once sat where they are now. Deputies Carey and Voegler answered questions and reminded students that what they do now will directly effect the choices available to them in the future.

Deputy Carey talked to the class about how officers share information and bounce ideas off each other.

Deputy Voegler said, “it is very important to stay humble with this job. You are not going to have all the answers; that is why we are so close to our partners. We ask each other questions all the time.”

When asked about what he thinks of the program, Deputy Carey said, “I think it is a great opportunity. This program can be a stepping stone. I suggest people go to college, to figure out what they like, or maybe the military.”

Both deputies said the security certificate they obtained upon completion of the Criminal Justice Studies program gave them a good start to their career. They both went on to complete bachelor’s degrees, which is a requirement in most law enforcement careers.

“I found this class really gives you an eye opening of what you would see in the criminal justice field,” said Voegler.

“A lot of the hands on things that Mr. Foldi does – hand cuffing, defensive tactics, the crime scene investigation – really gives you a feel for what it is like to be a police officer.”

Deputy Voegler says she still thinks about those things today. 

Instructor David Foldi said, “it’s always rewarding to see your past students returning to share ‘words of wisdom’ with your current class. Things like this make us feel great about what we do.”

The CTE program is grateful to Sheriff Michael Zurlo and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department for sharing their expertise. These experiences are key in preparing our students for their future.