JSRCC police officers David Campbell and Wyatt Hicks recently graduated from the Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy, qualifying them to serve as sworn police officers at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College.
|Officer Hicks (L-R), JSRCC Police Chief Paul Ronca, Officer Campbell|
“I applied to JSRCC to become a police officer because I love this community. I grew up here and want to see it thrive. Being a police officer in general is in my blood line,” said Hicks whose father is a retired captain from the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department.
There are 16 sworn officers covering the College’s three campuses. Reynolds is one of only six colleges in the Virginia Community College System with sworn police officers. Northern Virginia Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, Thomas Nelson Community College, Lord Fairfax Community College and Virginia Western Community College are the others.
JSRCC police officers are sworn officers of the Commonwealth of Virginia and have full arrest powers as authorized by state statute. Each officer has completed training mandated by the Department of Criminal Justice Services and is empowered by state law to carry firearms, conduct criminal investigations, make arrests, testify in court and all other duties expected of a law enforcement official.
Officer Campbell currently lives in Tappahannock and received the Top Shooter Award at his Basic Law Enforcement graduation ceremony. He has been assigned to the Downtown Campus.
Officer Hicks is primarily located on the Parham Road Campus and played on the 2003 Virginia AAA State Basketball Championship team as a starting center at Highland Springs High school, before earning a football scholarship at the University of North Carolina. Voted by his peers as president of his Basic Law Enforcement class, Hicks received top of the class academic honors with a 98.7% average. The impressive score came through 20 tests that consisted of over 1,300 questions.Congratulations Officer Campbell and Officer Hicks.