Dallas (November 3, 2017) – The University of North Texas at Dallas Criminal Justice Career Day was again a showcase for job opportunities in law enforcement, as the second annual event hosted over 1,500 high school students for an informative and fun event on campus that continues to grow in the attendance of both agencies and students.  

Students from high schools from across North Texas interacted with representatives from 70 police, fire, military, emergency, corrections, and private security agencies as well as civil and criminal litigation professionals. There was a wide variety of the latest equipment on display – including multiple tactical vehicles and mobile command centers, robots and the blustery arrival of two helicopters. The advanced technology was only eclipsed in popularity with the students by the highly-trained K9 teams and horses of the mounted patrols. 

“This is such a positive event for our university and for Dallas, and we are incredibly pleased with the attendance,” said Dr. Aaron Bartula, Program Coordinator for the University of North Texas at Dallas Criminal Justice Department. “We had an amazing turnout, and we are grateful to all the schools that bring out their young people. The students get to see what a career in law enforcement might be like, and they also learn more about the roles and responsibilities of each agency. This type of communication is important, and for students to get to see law enforcement officers outside of their normal responsibilities. We’re happy to help facilitate that dialogue, and to have all of these students and the agencies see our campus.”  

Agencies had displays and information to distribute, and students also learned about the education required to pursue careers in criminal justice, as well as the degree programs available at the University of North Texas at Dallas and the UNT Dallas College of Law. Helicopters from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Dallas Police Dept. landed on UNTD grounds. In 2016, the event attracted 900 students and 65 agencies, so the growth since the event’s debut was significant. Lunch was also served, music played from a live DJ in the atrium throughout the afternoon and it was a festive atmosphere overall.

“This was a great event because it gives us an opportunity to interact with so many young people in one place,” said Mesquite Chief of Police Charlie Cato. “We value every chance we get to reach out and make a connection with citizens in a relaxed atmosphere and talk about making good choices. Today we were really able to talk to a lot of folks in the Hispanic and African American communities, which isn’t an opportunity we get that often. We were able to have conversations with so many people, and maybe down the line they will be interested in working in law enforcement, but just to talk is valuable. This was an outstanding event.”