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August 30, 2017


Winfield Police Department donates patrol car to Criminal Justice program


Winfield Police Department donates patrol car to Criminal Justice programThe Winfield Police Department recently donated a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria to Cowley College’s Criminal Justice program. The vehicle will be used as a student patrol car.

Winfield Police Department Chief Brett Stone recognizes the value of having a strong Criminal Justice program at the College.

“Cowley College runs a fantastic Criminal Justice program,” Chief Stone said. “We have a good relationship and have benefited by hiring students that have gone through the program.”

Criminal Justice instructor Frank Owens said the program has begun the process on designing the side decals for the patrol car. The program will also conduct fundraising activities this fall to raise money for a third patrol car.

“This shows a lot of support from the Winfield Police Department and the students we put out in this field of work,” Owens said. “We hope to start expanding our patrol opportunities.”

Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle said partnerships like these stretch dollars and fuel innovations to the benefit of all.”

“On behalf of the students, faculty, and staff, thank you to Winfield’s finest for donating this vehicular resource which will not only provide real-world experience for our criminal justice students but equally provide a valuable security service to our communities,” Dr. Rittle said. 

The Criminal Justice program at Cowley College prepares students for a successful career in law enforcement and corrections. Students participating in the Student Patrol program are doing so both as a requirement and out of a desire to help the community by learning about their chosen profession. The primary focus of Student Patrol is education through experience.