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University signs a historic partnership with law enforcement

students in tiny house Sacramento State, the Sacramento Police Department, and the California Highway Patrol on Oct. 12 joined forces to launch the Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars (LECS) program – a first-of-its-kind “scholars to officers” partnership agreement designed to ensure graduates are beat-ready from day one.

Shelby Moffatt, LECS (pronounced lex) founding director and a member of Sac State’s Criminal Justice Division faculty, says the program’s focus is on developing future leaders in the profession and positioning them for career success. “Now these students will not only graduate from Sacramento State,” Moffatt says, “but they will have jobs in law enforcement.”

The program also aims to improve retention and graduation rates, strengthen Sac State’s bond with law enforcement agencies, and ensure that law enforcement personnel and leaders mirror the state’s diversity. Signing the agreement with Moffatt were University President Robert S. Nelsen, Sacramento Police Chief and Sac State alum Sam Somers Jr., and California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Jonni Fenner.
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