Photo of Signing Ceremony

Salina Tech President Greg Nichols, front row, left, and Salina City Manager Jason Gage, seated, right, signed an agreement that will allow Salina Police to teach Police Science classes to juniors and seniors in the Salina School District. Behind them are Salina Tech’s Vice President of Instruction, Stephani Johns-Hines, Salina Police Chief Brad Nelson, and Deputy Chief Sean Morton.

Officers of the Salina Police Department will begin teaching classes at Salina South High School during the 2018-19 school year, under an agreement signed Monday between the City of Salina and Salina Area Technical College.

Under the terms of the agreement, the city will provide two on-duty officers who will each teach five hours of classes weekly during the 2018-19 school year. Salina Tech will pay the city $3,600 per semester.

The Police Science classes the officers will teach are part of a new Public Safety Pathway being offered to juniors and seniors in the Salina School District. Students in this pathway also have the option of focusing on Fire Science, which will be taught by Salina firefighters.

While the classes are taught at South High, they are open to Central High students as well.

Individual classes in the Police Science focus of the pathway include “Introduction to Criminal Justice” for juniors, and “Law Enforcement Operations and Procedures,” “Criminal Procedures,” “Criminal Investigations” and “Criminal Justice Interview and Report Writing” for seniors.

Classes in the Fire Science focus include “Introduction to Fire Science” for juniors, and “Wildland Firefighting for Structural Firefighters,” “HazMat for First Responders,” “Firefighter I” and “Firefighter II” for seniors.