Alumni gain new jobs in northeastern U.S. police departments

Graduates of Norwich University’s criminal justice program, administered by the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, continue to advance professionally.

As the Cape Cod Times reported, Richard Corbin, who received his Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice at Norwich University in 2015, swore in Tuesday as an officer in the Dennis Police Department in Dennis, Massachusetts.

Corbin, who hails from Wilbraham, Massachusetts, has received specialized crisis intervention, community policing, narcotics interdiction and traffic safety training and is a nationally certified Drug Recognition Expert. Since 2016, he’d been a police officer in Milton, Vermont.

Corbin will start a 12-week Dennis Police Department field training program. News of his swearing-in drew 254 likes and 35 comments on Facebook.

“Glad you are going to be serving the people of Dennis,” commenter Diana Hackett Braman wrote. “We are blessed to have you in our community.”

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Norwich University graduates Brian Winner ’15, left, and Dakota Shelton ’20 graduated in December from the New Jersey State Police Academy. (Photo by Dakota Shelton/Instagram.)

Corbin is one of several Norwich criminal justice graduates to advance in recent weeks.

In December, Norwich graduates Dakota Shelton ’20 and Brian Winner ’15, graduated from the New Jersey State Police Academy.

Winner, of Hackettstown, New Jersey and Shelton, of Hamilton, New Jersey, were both in Norwich’s Corps of Cadets. They graduated with the New Jersey State Police Academy’s 150-member 162nd class.

At a Dec. 23 ceremony, streamed on Facebook Live, New Jersey State Police Academy Commandant Capt. Domingo De Los Santos congratulated the graduates.

“The past five months of training were demanding, both physically and mentally,” De Los Santos said. “You were asked to complete countless assignments, sat through length classroom instruction, perform simulation scenarios and endure intense physical training sessions.”

On Instagram, Shelton, who balanced academics, the Corps and football at Norwich, wrote,  “It’s been a long 5 months, but today has been an amazing experience that I will never forget.”

On Dec. 21, Brendan Fitzgerald, a 2021 Norwich University criminal justice graduate and former Corps of Cadets member, graduated from the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Police Academy.

Fitzgerald, of Concord, Massachusetts, advanced to field training with a senior officer in Concord, Massachusetts. He’d served as a Town of Concord traffic officer since July 2018.

Criminal justice was Norwich University’s most popular undergraduate program in academic year 2020-21, enrolling 108 students, the annual Facts & Figures report shows. The School of Criminal Justice and Criminology is part of the College of Professional Schools.


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