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Real World – Real Work
Getting hands-on training, real-world work experience and industry certifications are key pieces of being an EHOVE student. EHOVE Career Center works with area professionals in each career field to evaluate the skills that students are learning, tools they’re using, latest practices in each career field, connections they’re making and other vital topics.
Ottawa County Sheriff Stephen J. Levorchick is a member of EHOVE’s advisory committee for the criminal justice program. At the fall gathering of advisory members, he encouraged EHOVE Criminal Justice students who were 18 to apply for open Reserve Deputy positions with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. Criminal Justice Senior Noah Perry (Norwalk HS) applied and was selected.
Sheriff Levorchick said that a student like Perry who meets the qualifications criteria is a great candidate for the reserve deputy position. “We have a duty to train our replacements,” he said. “It benefits our department to know he is trained properly.”
Perry’s duties as a Reserve Deputy will consist of him performing duties such as directing traffic at public functions, fingerprinting children at weekend festivals, providing security at the county fair, and attending several meetings throughout the year. He will also have the opportunity to gain experience by riding along with the deputies. In total, he will donate a minimum of 96 hours per year to the citizens of Ottawa County.
“I want members of our reserve deputy staff who are proactive and want to serve the community,” Levorchick said. “He wants to be in law enforcement and this gives him an opportunity to learn from our current deputies how to be a professional peace officer.”
“I think it’s going to give me good experience,” said Perry. “I’ll learn about report writing, running corrections and dispatch, writing tickets and more. It’s really a great opportunity for me to get started on my career.”
Perry plans to work in law enforcement in the Air Force after graduation. After his enlistment is complete, he plans to become a police officer.
For more information about Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, go to www.ottawacountysheriff.info.