Indian Lake seniors got the chance to hear about a line of work that experts promise will change a person.
Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley and 2008 Indian Lake graduate and current Bellefontaine Police Officer Mike Morgan detailed the exciting and often dangerous world of law enforcement during the monthly Senior Career Speaker Series through the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce.
Both law enforcement officials stressed that choices young people are making now matter. They said if students want to go into law enforcement as a career, their background would be picked apart.
“Are you doing the right thing? Decisions that you make now will affect you and what you’re able to do at age 25-26 and beyond,” Officer Morgan told the students.
Chief Standley said he has worked in nearly all fields of law enforcement, including narcotics, major crimes, child sex offenses, and homicide. He says the experience has made him an expert in the things he hates the most.
“This is definitely not a job for the weak-minded and not for the faint of heart. This job will change you,” he said.
Chief Standley and Officer Morgan detailed the different paths they took in earning their law enforcement degrees and training. Chief Standley graduated from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy. He also has a Masters in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. After earning his bachelors degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Lake Erie College, Officer Morgan graduated from the Rhodes State Police Academy. He is also the newest member of the SWAT team.
The pair told the students that law enforcement is not a 9-to-5 job, but one that requires working holidays, weekends and night shifts when crimes are common.
The Bellefontaine Police Department is holding an all-day information session for young people who might be interested in a law enforcement career on March 3rd.
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.