Upon arrival, Troopers Lolita Snow, Susie Cantrell, and Tammy Sturtz greeted attendees, handing them a diagram showing where each agency was set up as well as a survey to evaluate the Expo.
Some agencies at the Expo told La Prensa it was a great place to increase their visibility. The Expo is also a unique setting in the sense that it is made up solely of law enforcement agencies; there are no private or public companies, no colleges or universities, no non-profit or other organizations. This streamlines the profile of potential applicants, since most of them are already thinking about a career in law enforcement.
The Expo also served as a great medium for applicants to ask any questions they had regarding the different jobs offered by the agencies such as: minimum requirements, upward mobility, and structure.
Often, there are misconceptions or misunderstandings about the role and mission of different agencies and the Expo served to dispel some of these assumptions.
The Expo attracted a diverse pool of applicants—of the 621 total attendees 332 were minorities; there were people of all ages, from high school to middle age; there was about an equal number of male and female attendees.
Sharon Allison, with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s Parole Board, said that the Expo provided “greater exposure” for the agency. Currently, they are hiring mainly parole officers.
The military services were present—recruiters for the Army, Navy, and Marines were on hand to answer questions of potential recruits. The Navy’s Fire Controlman Second Class Petty Officer Joel Rocha says that any type of visibility is good to increase awareness of the different uniformed services. As he put it, often when people talk of the military they automatically think of the Army. He said he would like people to know about the other military services as well and the variety of jobs and professions they have. The Navy, for example, has doctors, engineers, pilots, electricians, builders, cooks, and laundry personnel.
For its part, Ohio Department of Administrative Services’ Dorothy Terry said the department is hiring for many positions, especially nurses. She also encouraged anyone interested in applying for a state job to take the Civil Service Test. For more information regarding the Test, visit http://das.ohio.gov/hrd/Policy/HowtoApply.pdf .
Overall, the agencies projected a slightly higher turnout, even though attendance was down from last year. More concrete information will be available when the Ohio State Highway Patrol collects the information from the surveys taken at the Expo.
See below for a complete list of participating agencies and their websites.
Akron Fire Department
Akron Police Department
Centerville Police Department
Cincinnati Police Department
Columbus Division of Police
Columbus Regional Airport Authority Police
Division of Parole and Community Services http://www.drc.state.oh.us/web/parboard.htm
Dublin Division of Police
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Franklin County Sheriff's Office
Gahanna Police Department
Grove City Police Department
Huber Heights Police Department
Ohio Attorney General's Office
Ohio Department of Administrative Services
Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Watercraft
Ohio Department of Natural Resources – Wildlife
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction - Ohio Corrections Assessment Center
Ohio Department of Taxation
Ohio Department of Youth Services
Ohio Investigative Unit
Ohio State Highway Patrol
Ohio State Highway Patrol - Police Officer
The Ohio State University Police Department
Reynoldsburg Division of Police
Transportation Security Administration
Upper Arlington Police Department
U.S. Army & Army Reserve
U.S. Border Patrol
U.S. Marine Corps - Officer Program
Westerville Division of Police
Whitehall Division of Police
Wright State University Police Department