I will be presenting on the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy and the Criminal Justice program at 12:55 p.m. Wednesday at the Oceans of Opportunities Job Fair at the Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd., in Galveston.

After graduating high school in Killeen, I attended Baylor University and majored in management and marketing.

After completing my bachelor of business administration degree, I moved to Houston, and began a career with the Houston Police Department.

While working for the police department, I had the opportunity to serve in several different capacities. I worked patrol on the west side of town and in downtown.

I was also assigned to the jail, Special Response Group, DWI task force and I ended my police career serving as an instructor at the police academy.

While at HPD, I continued my education and received a master of arts degree in sociology with a criminology emphasis from University of Houston at Clear Lake, and a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Lamar University in Beaumont.

I taught as an adjunct instructor at Lee College in Baytown, teaching criminal justice classes and sociology from 2002 to 2011.

I retired from the Houston Police Department in October 2011 after serving more than 20 years and began my new career with Galveston College.

I hold the title of associate professor and teach criminal justice classes, sociology and I am the coordinator of the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy.

The Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy prepares students for a career as a Texas peace officer.

The academy is designed for those students who have full-time jobs but are looking for a career change.

The academy begins in August and ends with the Galveston College graduation ceremony in May.

Classes meet from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and include topics such as penal code, Code of Criminal Procedure, ethics, traffic law and criminal investigations.

Upon completion of the program, successful students will sit for the state licensing exam, which after passing will qualify them to work in law enforcement anywhere in the state.

We are accepting applications for the 2014-15 academy class.

We only anticipate accepting 25 students into the next class, so it is recommended that you stop by the Galveston College campus Room N-323 and complete an application for admittance as soon as possible.

Come and see me at the Oceans of Opportunities Job Fair or call me at 409-944-1336.

At a glance

WHAT: The ninth annual Oceans of Opportunities Job Fair

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd., in Galveston

Durrell Dickens is the coordinator of the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy.

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