By Eric Tobey: Novi Police Officer
I earned an Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement from Macomb and went on to participate in the 3+1 program offered by Madonna University. I was able to attend my Madonna classes at the University Center, which made for an easy commute as I earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.
The Madonna faculty at the University Center offered me many opportunities. All professors are or have been in the field they teach, which is how I started my career as a police officer. One of my professors turned out to be Novi’s police chief and he was looking for potential officers for his department.
My professor urged me to apply to Novi’s police cadet program. He told me that the position was great for experience and would also help me get into the department as a full-time officer. I took his advice and worked at the department as a police cadet while finishing my degree and applied for an officer’s position after I graduated. I was hired and am now enjoying the career I went to school for.
I personally believe that the 3+1 program is the way to go. It provided me with opportunities that I would not have gotten elsewhere.