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City, Dayton schools partner to increase police ranks

Dayton Daily News |

The criminal justice program is taught out of Ponitz Career Technology Center, next door to the police department’s West Patrol Operations Division.

Students start with a class on the American criminal justice and advance to courses on police work in practice, investigations and forensics and security and protective services. In their senior year they will learn about the corrections system and services and homeland security, according to Superintendent Lolli.

The criminal justice program is taught by Dayton police Officer Leatha Savage, who also focuses on recruitment initiatives for the department. Less than 10% of Dayton’s police officers are people of color, even though the city is nearly 40% Black, according to city data and Census estimates.