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Criminal Justice Students Gain Experience as Public Safety Aides

NEWARK – Six students from the Law Enforcement Option (LEO) program in the Criminal Justice Department at Delaware Tech’s Stanton/Wilmington Campus are gaining real-world work experience by participating in an innovative new program created by Executive Vice President Mark T. Brainard when he was Vice President and Campus Director at the Stanton/Wilmington Campus. The Public Safety Office has hired the students as Public Safety Aides to assist current officers in their daily duties maintaining safety on our campus.

The aides were recommended for the program by the Chair of the Criminal Justice Department and went through a thorough interview process. The students work part-time in various shifts alongside current officers, most of whom are recent retirees from law enforcement careers. In addition to the assistance the students provide the officers, they are also gaining experience and mentorship during their time spent on duty.

One of the Public Safety Aides is second-year Criminal Justice student Allegra Hope. Allegra, who hopes to become a New Castle County police officer says the experience has given her a first-hand look at public safety operations, as well as taught her how to deal with different people and issues that arise each day on the job.

The program began this summer, and will continue throughout the spring semester. The program is expected to expand collegewide. “It’s a win-win for the College,” says Rich Dennis, Chief of Public Safety at the Stanton Campus. “The students are learning skills that will help them throughout their careers,” he says. “And we are continually impressed by their professionalism and willingness to learn.”

Pictured are Public Safety Aides Allegra Hope and Tom Dyson, second year students in the LEO program. They both hope to become police officers in Delaware. The LEO program is designed and offered in partnership with the Delaware State Police Training Academy, and provides the education and training to be a competitive applicant for the Delaware State Police or a municipal police agency. The degree offers the opportunity to increase students’ potential when participating in the hiring process for law enforcement position. For more information, visit