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Preparing for a Career After Law Enforcement, Scholarship Opportunity

14 March 2017

​​​​ASIS International's Transitions Ad Hoc Council sponsors scholarships for Law Enforcement professionals, who are ASIS members, that cover the cost of earning one of our industry-leading board certifications, CPP, PCI or PSP. These certifications can assist your career transition by displaying your professional strengths—your dedication, experience, and competency.    

jay.jpg​One of last year's Transitions Ad Hoc Council Law Enforcement Certification Scholarship award winners, Jay Callaghan, personnel and training, Norman Police Department,​​ speaks about his experience and preparing for a career after law enforcement:

Why is earning a professional certification important to you & How will this award help you achieve your goals?

My career as a police officer will conclude upon my retirement in the next few years.  Prior to that transition, I want to put myself in a position that has me prepared for a career as a corporate security professional. Although my career path in law enforcement has afforded me many opportunities and experiences that I can apply to another career; I realize that my professional growth and development is an ongoing process. Being a member of ASIS and learning about the organization has given me a better understanding of the requirements potential future employers are looking for within the career path I wish to pursue. Obtaining a certification as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) will provide me with additional knowledge and insight on how to minimize and mitigate risks in a corporate and/or private sector setting.  I believe there is separation through preparation.  During the preparation and application processes, a certification as a CPP shows my commitment to my professional growth and development, my respect towards the company’s reputation and standards, and that I am prepared to be part of their organization.

What advice would you offer other members who have not applied for Transition Law Enforcement Certification Scholarship?​

I would tell any law enforcement professional that is thinking or in the process of retiring that if they are pursuing another career as a security professional to put themselves in the best position possible for their future success through networking and do “your homework” on what you want to pursue.  First join an organization that allows you to network with other security professionals such as ASIS and take advantage of the opportunities that are out there such as this scholarship​.

To learn more or apply for the Transitions Ad Hoc Council Law Enforcement Scholarship, visit our foundation website​.

For information about all of the ASIS Foundation scholarship opportunities, click here​.