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NSU and Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office Form Partnership

Tuesday, January 5, 2016  
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(NSU NEWSROOM—Nov. 24, 2015)---Norfolk State University and the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office formally signed a partnership agreement this week that will allow liberal arts students interested in law enforcement the chance to gain on-the-job experience through internships.

Beginning in 2016, The NSU/Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office Cadet/Internship Program will give selected undergraduate students majoring in sociology, psychology and political science the opportunity to earn internship credit by participating in a Summer Basic Jailer Academy Program.

Chesapeake Sheriff Jim O’Sullivan said, upon completion of the program, students may be recommended for appointment as deputy sheriff cadets with the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office. He said one of the goals of the program is to make NSU students more competitive when they enter the workforce.

A crowd gathered at the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library and watched as NSU Interim President and CEO Eddie N. Moore Jr. and O’Sullivan sign the formal agreement.

“Sometimes, that piece of paper (degree) does not get you to the next step,” O’Sullivan said at the signing. “This program will give you that roadmap.”

O’Sullivan said the partnership is a win-win scenario for the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office and Norfolk State. He said the internships are paid and provide students $12.22 per hour.

“This partnership will allow students to gain meaningful hands-on knowledge and experience in the criminal justice field while providing valuable resources to the sheriff’s office.

“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to partner with Norfolk State University.”

NSU faculty and administrators said they are elated about the new partnership and working with other entities across Hampton Roads to create more outside learning opportunities. 

Dr. Belinda C. Anderson, dean of NSU College of Liberal Arts, said the collaboration between the social science divisions was important for helping to make the partnership happen.

In addition, NSU Provost Dr. Sandra J. DeLoatch said the “university is very excited about providing experiential learning opportunities and internships for our students.”

Alumni from the College of Liberal Arts have long ties to municipal agencies across the region.

Dr. Olusoji Akomolafe, chair of the NSU political science department, said the internship credit that students will gain from the academy will help to enhance their educational experience.

“We have students who work across the region and state in careers such as public safety, law enforcement and other areas of municipal government,” Akomolafe said. “This program is a gateway to future career opportunities.”

Akomolafe said students will soon begin to attend informational sessions about the program. NSU faculty and Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office officials will select seven students for the inaugural cadet class. The academy will begin in May 2016.

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