FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Fairmont State University has employed an executive-stage law enforcement officer with about 30 many years of expertise to command a new police academy and serve as the main of the school’s police force.
Jeff McCormick expended about 8 decades in Georgia functioning for regional regulation enforcement agencies then took a career with the FBI the place he served 23 a long time at several discipline offices and govt management positions ahead of retiring in 2020.
“Then I went again to perform for the FBI in Clarksburg in a non-sworn potential and that is when I heard Fairmont Point out, in addition to the law enforcement academy, were being wanting for a main and I couldn’t move that up,” McCormick recently explained to WAJR News.
McCormick has an extensive track record in instruction. With the FBI he experienced new brokers in management and the use of firearms and used 3 decades as the main of the FBI National Academy.
He claimed the new law enforcement academy coming to Fairmont Condition is what drew him.
“That tutorial component is what actually manufactured this situation attractive, mainly because Fairmont State is poised to develop into only the next police instruction academy in the condition of West Virginia which I believe is fairly substantial,” McCormick said.
McCormick thinks the part, including the tutorial position, will supply him with a special possibility to do the job as a very first responder and an illustration for potential law enforcement officers. Acquiring a consistent existence in the classroom and in the general public will change some possible perceptions made in excess of the previous two a long time.
“So, when we see these unusual occurrences being replayed around-and-more than in the media it drives this bogus narrative that all law enforcement officers are racist and all police officers are brutal,” McCormick claimed. “So, as a result quite a few people today are terrified of the law enforcement for reasons that are not centered in real actuality.”
The new Fairmont Point out College Police Academy is expected to launch following January. McCormick has been in speak to with law enforcement experts throughout the nation to set the new method with each other.
“I genuinely feel this will be innovative, not only for West Virginia regulation enforcement, but the hope is starting up at Fairmont Point out we can generate a narrative on police education and how we can handle the realities of regulation enforcement in the United States now,” he claimed.
The program is crafted from the floor up with nationwide abilities, but McCormick is finding the nearby enter to construction the system to meet the wants of West Virginia.
“Prosecuting attorneys, protection lawyers, sheriffs, chiefs of law enforcement, associates from town federal government and the NAACP, from campus faulty and the group at-big,” McCormick explained.