OCC graduates new crop of police cadets

Reported by Jonathan Walsh email
Posted by Kate Oatis email

OREGON, OH (WTOL) - With police officers in Toledo seeing pink slips and deputies facing possible layoffs, it's surprising that a crop of new police cadets has graduated from Owens Community College.

Thirty-five-year-old Nathan Murphy was laid off from his auto supplier job so he decided to head into law enforcement, taking classes at Owens. For he and his fellow cadets, it's an interesting time.

"It makes you nervous because you don't know if you're going to be getting a job or be put on a waiting list."

Allen Lowery, a professor of criminal justice for Troy University in Georgia, admits he's nervous about his son's job prospects.

"It's a little frightening when you think about our safety forces and how important they are to the community," Lowery said.

Murphy says he has a job lined up at the Wood County Sheriff's Dept. Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn says there was room after a retirement and that retirements and cops grants could bring more jobs.

"The jobs are there; it's just a matter of they're just not as abundant as they were and who knows where we'll be in 6 months or a year or two years from now," Wasylyshyn said.