PHILIPPI —May 13, 2019—Alderson Broaddus University graduate Haley Frost only has a few weeks left until she begins her career at the West Virginia University Police Department.
Frost, a criminal justice major from Prince Frederick, Maryland graduated from Alderson Broaddus University on May 4 and upon completing a sixteen-week training, will officially assume the position of a campus police officer. With 56 state certified and sworn police officers, the WVU Police Department is among the 10 largest police organizations in the state.
Frost attributes her successful employment to her valuable internship experience. She received her hands-on experience just one mile from the classroom with the Police Department in the City of Philippi.
“I learned a lot, and everyone at the Philippi Police Department worked as a team and made me appreciate our community so much more,” said Frost. “It gave me a sense of purpose and clarified any doubts about going into the criminal justice field.”
Frost started the internship in 2018 during her junior year at AB and became one of the first female interns to complete the program. Frost worked mainly during day shifts, but quickly accumulated the 80 hours needed to complete the internship. Even after completing the required hours, she continued to reach out and receive advice from the department.
Philippi Chief of Police Jeffrey Walters was very impressed with Frost’s dedication and professionalism during her training. “In my 24 years here, I’ve never seen a student with such eagerness to learn and to jump into any situation,” said Walters.
About Criminal Justice at AB
The criminal justice program is a multidisciplinary major designed to give students the knowledge base to understand the difficult issues associated with law enforcement, the complexity of human behaviors related to crime, and the multiplicity of agencies, organizations, and units of government necessary to work effectively as a law enforcement professional. This is a course of study that requires students to adopt a serious approach to professional study and preparation and develop a high level of maturity and judgment.