CMS holds Career Day

CONSTANTINE — Twenty-two presenters described 19 professions at Career Day on Friday, March 17 at Constantine Middle School.
Lt. Jason Therrien, an officer at the Constantine Police Department described his earlier career in the U.S. Army, and subsequent jobs serving as a police officer.
“There is a concept that a law officer is unapproachable, but I am very approachable. I help anybody. I am here to serve and protect you,” he said. “I work every day. If you need help, have an issue, come talk to me. I’m here.”
Therrien said there are six officers for the approximately 2,000 citizens in Constantine — including himself, there is a chief of police, two part-time and two full-time officers. He is Clandestine Lab Enforcement trained to dismantle methamphetamine labs, and a firearm and Taser instructor.
“Officers are all tasered during training so they know how much pain they are inflicting, to better judge a situation and use it wisely,” he said. “The Electro-Muscular Disruption (EMD) Taser does no damage to the suspect, and he can be taken into custody.”
Therrien said it is important to report any crime.
“‘Anti-snitching’ is ridiculous. If you don’t report what’s happening in your community, it gets worse. We can hurt our society,” he said.
“Motivate yourself. Stand up and be strong in your convictions. The easy way is to take drugs and run the streets,” he said. “No matter how hard life gets, don’t let yourself get to the point that you hurt yourself or somebody else. Get help.”
“Life is not fair. You make your own way. Don’t take being an American for granted. You can succeed in life,” he said.
Jennifer Stewart described her job working as a corrections officer in the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, and her experiences at the Cass County Jail. She is a weapons specialist and a marksman.
She said there are few female officers.
“It’s hard to find a female. They just don’t last,” she said. “If you want to be a corrections officer be prepared during training to get your butt kicked for six weeks as you learn how to fight, cuff and search.”
Stewart said she has had to physically engage ten females in the jail, and been forced to fight hundreds of male inmates.
“They throw punches. They don’t care if you’re a female or an officer,” she said. “You walk into a yard with 40 inmates who have done a variety of crimes — larceny, theft, murder.”
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