Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College host a Law Enforcement Expo

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When we thank about a career in law enforcement, many things come to mind, from different agencies to different job titles and more.

At Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, students and attendees got to speak with representatives from a variety of agencies about available opportunities and more in the criminal justice field.

“They have an opportunity to see other faces of people in a much broader arena of employers who are all here and seeking their attention so that they can be the future leaders of the next generation of policing. It is really kind of nice to marry the two. We give them an opportunity to say, you’ve heard from us, now hear from other people around the state and around the country that are here, that are wanting what you have,” said Law Enforcement Coordinator at FDLTCC Michael Tusken.

For second-year law enforcement students Gracee Peterson and Alayna Matrious, this was more exposure for them to emerge themselves deeper into their future careers as they have had visions of going into some form of the law enforcement field for some time now.

“I have family members that have been in the military. I originally thought that was what I wanted to do, but after diving deeper into the information, I decided against that. I also have family in corrections, my stepdad works for the federal prison in Sandstone, and my sister works at the Moose Lake State Prison. So a lot of entry points there, and kind of wanted to follow their path, but in a different route, Matrious shared.

Peterson added, “I went into the military right out of high school but was unfortunately medically separated. So then I had to think of something else to do, and law enforcement came to mind because it kind of goes hand in hand in a way.

With any profession, especially a dangerous one like law enforcement, Tusken shares how he makes sure that the students in the program are prepared for any situation that they will face.

“When you have officers, about 150 officers die annually in this country, we have officers that die in the line of duty; it is traumatic, and it is devastating. It is devastating for people who are in this profession and also our students who are going through this. But, it is also important to remember with those risks come tremendous rewards intrinsically about serving and helping people.”