Law enforcement personnel recently stopped by the Public Safety and Justice classroom at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation to provide students with a glimpse into the job.
New York State Police investigator Mike Buck, Homeland Security Investigations agent Andy McCoy and U.S. Border Patrol agent Jim Napoli discussed some of their job requirements and responsibilities.
Each guest speaker detailed the scope of their position and stressed the importance of being able to adapt to any situation.
“Every single day is different and it’s very dynamic work,” agent McCoy said. “If you decide to get into this field, your life changes. You’re looking for bad guys everywhere you go. It’s a different lifestyle, but it’s awesome and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
The guest speakers also spoke to students about maintaining a respectable image and the significance of social media in both the hiring process and the investigation procedure.
Law enforcement personnel peruse social media accounts as a routine part of the investigation process, McCoy said.
On the other end of the spectrum, Buck explained that human resource employees often vet candidates based on their “digital tattoo.”
If a prospective hire is pictured in a setting where illegal drugs are being used or other undesirable behavior is occurring, the candidate may not even be considered for the position, Buck said.
“It’s unfortunate the types of recruits we lose because of dumb things posted on social media,” Buck noted. “Be very careful and use common sense when you post things online.”
According to CiTi Public Safety and Justice teacher Mark Bender, the guest speakers provided students with valuable insight.
He said it is important to have state and federal agents on hand to discuss their jobs.
“This is absolutely beneficial for the students,” he said. “They learn a little bit of everything as far as what the job entails and the requirements needed. It’s great to have these guys come in here to give that first-hand perspective.”