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Parkland High School Student Gets First-Hand Policing Experience at Cedar Crest College
Sergeant Roger Hawkey and Ashley Considine.
Sergeant Roger Hawkey has patrolled the Cedar Crest campus for years as a member of the campus police, but lately he’s had the assistance of a young protégé who’s thinking of following in his footsteps.
Thanks to Parkland School District’s Career Exploration program, 15-year-old sophomore Ashley Considine, of Orefield, is getting a first-hand look at what it takes to keep law and order in a small community. Halfway through the eight-week job shadowing program, Considine has gotten the opportunity to ride in the patrol car, write a few parking tickets, assist with campus security, and much more.
“It’s really cool. I’ve always wanted to be a police officer, even when I was younger,” said Considine during a recent Wednesday on the Cedar Crest campus. She’s about halfway through the program. Public service runs in the family for Considine: her father, Dale, drives an ambulance; her mother, Marie Benedict, used to be an emergency medical technician; and her stepmom, Dayleen, works as a dispatcher for Palmer Township Police Department.
Hawkey said his temporary partner is “picking it up fast. She’s doing really well.” Mark Vitalos, chief of campus police at Cedar Crest, added: “Cedar Crest is a women’s college, so opening our doors to Ashley fits perfectly with our mission to prepare women for leadership roles in challenging and rewarding careers.”
Andy Bashore, a social studies teacher at Parkland High School and one of the Career Exploration program coordinators, said the program is for 10th graders who share time between the high school and the Lehigh County Technical Institute.
“This program allows students to go into the field and get a good idea of what they’d like to do in the future. Ashley has been doing a great job from what I understand,” he said. “Cedar Crest has been very receptive to this program, and it’s been a great partnership.”