September 30, 2011
Criminal Justice program receives new student patrol car
to bring more attention to the criminal justice program and give students
in the program a sense of pride, Cowley College recently added a slick
looking new student patrol car to its fleet of security vehicles.
With Frank Owens recently taking over as Cowley College’s criminal justice instructor, several updates are being made to the department. One of those updates was to add a newer student patrol vehicle to the campus. The school did that with the addition of a 2010 Dodge Charger, which they purchased from the Kansas Highway Patrol.
The vehicle was recently put in use after having it striped and the logo painted on by Rob Carroll Sandblasting and Painting.
“We wanted a more dependable patrol vehicle and one that would instill pride in our students,” said Owens, who graduated from Cowley College’s criminal justice program in 1992.
Along with patrolling Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City, the students also help with security for businesses in downtown Arkansas City.
“We think the vehicle will be good advertising for the college and help in areas of recruitment,” Owens said.
In the process of updating areas of the criminal justice department, Owens has equipped students in the program with new cameras, new firearms and duty gear. He has also implemented safety minded changes and added some new things in the classroom.
After serving 17 years as a member of the Winfield Police Department, the last five of which as lieutenant of investigations, Owens is enjoying the opportunity to work at his alma mater.
“I knew this would be an avenue I would enjoy experiencing if the opportunity ever came up,” Owens said. “I am enjoying this tremendously.”