Northfield Considers Policing Partnership
As classes resume at Norwich University, in Northfield, this week, students majoring in Criminal Justice at the University's School of Justice Studies & Sociologymay soon have some new opportunities for hands-on learning. Northfield Police Chief James Dziobek has been working to forge a partnership between his police department and the University that could speed up investigations and involve students in helping to solve local crimes.
The Police Chief outlined the potential partnership at this month's Northfield Select Board meeting:
Chief Dziobek noted that the NPD is working with Norwich University’s Criminal Justice IT Department in order to have forensic examinations of cell phones and computer hard drives conducted in a timely manner. There currently is a two (2) year waiting period for State examiners to provide this service.
Chief Dziobek said he's also considering some internship possibilities:
In addition, Chief Dziobek is looking into having a Norwich University (NU) student majoring in Criminal Justice intern with the NPD as a police technician. There also have been discussions with NU about setting up a Police Internship program through which graduates could receive part-time officer certification upon graduation.
James Dziobek was recently named Northfield Chief of Police. He was previously serving as Interim Chief.