Criminal Justice & Police Science students learn from former Secret Service exec
West Grove, PA - Students in the Criminal Justice &Police Science programs at the Chester County Technical College High School andthe Center for Arts & Technology Brandywine Campus recently listened tosecurity expert Danny Spriggs recount his life as a U.S. Secret Serviceagent. Spriggs, who is vice presidentof global security for the Associated Press, shared his past experiences as anagent, which included serving under three presidents and during the failedassassination attempt on Ronald Reagan.
Jade Simcox, a junior in the program from Avon Grove HighSchool, was fascinated by Spriggs’ professional experiences.
"My favorite part was hearing his step-by-step explanationof the assassination attempt,” said Simcox. “I’ve never met anyone who has beenthrough something like that, and to hear an account of it from someone whoexperienced it firsthand was really cool."
Asa girl in a traditionally male dominated occupation, Simcox was also happy tohear from Spriggs that there are many high-ranking females in the field.
In addition to his professional experiences, Spriggs sharedhis personal life lessons.
"It was very valuable for the students to hear his [Spriggs']message on the importance of hard work, adaptability and making good choicesnow, since those choices will follow you throughout life," said Frank McCorkle,Criminal Justice & Police Science instructor at the Technical College HighSchool.
Those ideas, and more, stuck with many of the studentsincluding James Caruso, also a junior from Avon Grove High School.
"Mr. Spriggs spoke a lot about working hard to achieve ourgoals, improving upon our interests, and always being prepared," said Caruso. "My uncle and aunt are police officers and are big role models in my life, andled me to decide that I also want to be a police officer. Being in this program is giving me ahead start on planning and preparing for my future, just as Mr. Spriggsadvised."
Students enrolled in the Criminal & Police Scienceprogram obtain hands-on training in law enforcement and private security, andphysical and electronic security. It helps students build upon analytical andtechnical skills.
According to program instructor McCorkle, interactions withworking professionals are a critical component of the program.
"It was great for the students to hear Mr. Spriggs becausehe was not only a witness to history, he was a participant in history," saidMcCorkle. "There are only a handful of people alive who have protected threepresidents, and who have been present during a failed presidentialassassination."
Photo caption 1: Students in the Criminal Justice &Police Science programs at the Chester County Technical College High School andthe Center for Arts & Technology Brandywine Campus recently listened tosecurity expert Danny Spriggs recount his life as U.S. Secret Service agent.Pictured here (from left to right), is: Jacob Dagney, 10th gradestudent from Octorara High School; Jade Simcox, 11th grade studentfrom Avon Grove High School; Michael Katch, principal for the Technical CollegeHigh School; Danny Spriggs; Kendra Nicastro, 10th grade student fromOctorara High School; and Justin Schultz, 11th grade student fromOctorara High School.
Photo caption 2:Pictured here is Danny Spriggs, former U.S. Secret Service agent and current vice president of global security for the Associated Press, speaking to students in the Criminal Justice &Police Science programs at the Chester County Technical College High School andthe Center for Arts & Technology Brandywine Campus.