WICHITA, Kan. – They patrol the streets of Wichita. They respond when you’re in need. One of them even starred on a reality TV show featuring expert marksmen. Starting this fall, some of Wichita’s finest will share their police science experience with students enrolled in a brand new program at Wichita Area Technical College.

With classes starting August 20, WATC’s new Police Science program is designed to prepare students for a successful career in law enforcement with a special focus on urban policing, diversity and criminal justice in the 21st Century. The program is led by Colin Gallagher, former Wichita Police Department Sergeant and a featured competitor on the History Channel’s Season 4 of the Top Shot reality TV program. Gallagher is assisted by Sergeant Daniel Oblinger, Captain Hassan Ramzah and other law enforcement professionals who bring real-world experience to curriculum development and classroom instruction. The new program is pending the approval of the Kansas Board of Regents.

Classes will be taught by instructors who are current, commissioned law enforcement officials from the metro area. The program is being developed by, and in consultation with, metropolitan area law enforcement and police experts to teach and train students while focusing on current and future policing issues that departments and agencies are seeking, allowing a seamless integration of students into the law enforcement community. Oral communication skills, ethics and critical thinking skills are integrated into the curriculum.

A come-and-go Police Science information session is being hosted at WATC’s National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) campus in the Student Center Commons on Wednesday, August 1st from 6-8:00 p.m. This is a public event, open to anyone who wants to learn more about careers in Policing, Security or Corrections. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the Police Science faculty and visit with representatives from admissions, academic advising and financial aid. Prospective students are encouraged to explore how WATC helps its Police Science students balance existing job and family obligations by offering online and evening classes. Scholarships, grants, loans and other financial assistance are available.

WATC offers a high-tech, high-wage, high-demand career pipeline for students who choose from more than 75 programs of study. Additionally, general education credits in math, history, speech, art and dozens of other subjects can be earned at half the cost of a four-year university and transferred easily to other colleges. Divisions include aviation, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, business and design. The College was selected to design the National Association of Manufacturers’ Aviation Certificate System.

Additionally, the College partners with business, industry and organizations across Kansas to provide non-credit employer and career services in support of customized training, continuing education and recertification.

As a public college, WATC is supported by the State of Kansas through the Kansas Board of Regents and Sedgwick County. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

WATC operates three locations: the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) located at 4004 N. Webb Rd., the Southside Education Center campus at 4501 E. 47th Street South, and the Grove campus at 301 S. Grove.

See www.watc.edu/policescience for additional information or call 316.677.9400.