Start Your Law Enforcement Career in High School

Former Criminal Justice student Mason Smith tells students to get started.

Published November 11, 2019
Mason Smith in the 911 Center

Former student Mason Smith loves every minute of it

Helping others in the 911 Center


Criminal Justice

"It will open your eyes to career opportunities and prepares you to start work immediately after high school."

Former Criminal Justice student Mason Smith credits his training for a successful start in law enforcement. Mason has always liked helping people, so he talked to a School Resource Officer, went on a ride-along and joined the Sheriff’s Office Explorers program, loving every part. After Francis Tuttle, he started in the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center, and currently works in the Oklahoma City Police Department’s 911 Center, where he and his co-workers field approximately 1.5 million emergency and non-emergency calls per year, assisting citizens, police, fire, and EMSA around the clock, 365 days per year.

His goal is to complete the Oklahoma City Police Department academy and become an officer. He enjoyed the criminal justice program so much that he comes back to work out with students and occasionally subs. Mason tells potential students to be ready to start right away after finishing the program.

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