In the wake of September 11, support for New York City police officers poured in both from the Big Apple and across the globe. Operating in this favorable climate, the NYPD has extended its recruiting efforts to Ivy League campuses, including Columbia.
However, long before September 11, New York native Adam Walinsky, a former aide to Senator Robert F. Kennedy, sought to expand recruiting for police departments across the nation. His 12-year effort came to fruition in 1994, when Congress established the Police Corps, which he describes as a Peace Corps for police officers.
In return for four years of service on a local police force, Police Corps participants receive up to $30,000 to cover expenses toward a bachelor's or graduate degree. In addition, Police Corps scholarships can be awarded at graduation, on a retroactive basis. Seniors may sign up for the four-year commitment to the Police Corps and receive $30,000. The program includes a 16-to-24-week training program, during which time recruits develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to serve effectively on community patrol. The Police Corps' mission goes beyond arresting perpetrators; it aims to save from prison and death "the many thousands of lost children now haunting our streets," said Walinsky.
Walinsky will be on the Columbia campus on Tuesday, April 23, at 12:30 p.m., to recruit for the Police Corps, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice. The presentation will be held in the Center for Career Education's conference room (East Campus Building, basement). Walinsky will be joined by Edward Norris, police commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department.
Walinsky added that the Police Corps is now pioneering new training by which police learn how to make arrests with a minimum of force, without the use of nightsticks and other weapons. Instead, officers learn to work with their bare hands, both effectively and powerfully, but with a minimum of injury.
Walinsky began working for Kennedy in 1963, when Kennedy was serving as U.S. attorney general. At the Justice Department, Walinsky worked on the drafting and passage of the Immigration Reform Act of 1965, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. After New York voters elected Kennedy to the U.S. Senate, Walinsky joined Kennedy's staff as a legislative assistant. During his four years with the senator, he was the staff person responsible for most of the Senator's work on foreign and domestic issues, and was instrumental in the creation of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Project.
For more information on the Police Corps, call 888-942-6777.
To contact the Center for Career Education, call 854-5497.