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Public Safety Career Day is back at IUPUI

September 27, 2016

More than 40 city, county, state and federal agencies will be on campus Sept. 28 to talk about the wide range of career options in public safety, including law enforcement, firefighting, emergency management, homeland security and forensic investigations.

Last year's event brought about hundreds of students, staff, faculty members and visitors to IUPUI.

Last year's event brought hundreds of students, staff, faculty members and visitors to IUPUI.

SPEA lecturer Jim White has been organizing Public Safety Career Day for 10 years and has seen it grow in size from a few hundred attendees to over 6,000.

"Public Safety Career Day is an opportunity for students, staff, faculty, schoolchildren and visitors to meet and speak with public safety personnel. Attendees can speak with police officers and firefighters along with homeland security and emergency management personnel to gain insight into the respective professions," he said.

Attendees of Public Safety Career Day were able to physically experience state-of-the-art equipment to learn more about a career in the public safety field.

Attendees at Public Safety Career Day were able to experience state-of-the-art equipment to learn more about careers in the public safety field.

Attendees will see drug-sniffing dogs, bomb-defusing robots, the Department of Natural Resources’ airboat, and an array of vehicles and equipment used by public safety professionals. They can also participate in demonstrations with the Department of Homeland Security’s mobile crime lab, the bomb squad and the scuba diving team.

"More importantly, it is an opportunity to interact in a non-adversarial setting," White said. "In addition to speaking with the public safety personnel, attendees can operate equipment and examine firsthand some of the high tech equipment of public safety. The event demonstrates the wide divergence of the career field (law enforcement, firefighters, homeland security, emergency management, public health and emergency medical) and opportunities available to our students."

"And most importantly," the public safety clinical lecturer emphasized, "Public Safety Career Day breaks down many of those misconceptions many have about public safety.”

Visit Taylor Courtyard in the heart of campus from noon to 3 p.m. to experience the excitement.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

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