Special to the Progress
Roger State University criminal justice student Clarissa Cannon completed an internship with the Claremore Police Department Wednesday.
Cannon is the first student to complete an internship with the CPD, and inspired the department to begin formalizing an internship program with RSU for criminal justice and business students.
“This is something new for us,” said Police Chief Stan Brown. “We decided to beta test an internship to decide what works or doesn’t work. So this was our beta test to try and formalize a program.”
Brown said Cannon spent close to 90 hours with the department.
“(Cannon) has been very much involved with us. She’s eager to learn and just immersed herself in the day-to-day life here at the station,” he said. “We’ve enjoyed having her around.”
Cannon, a center for the RSU basketball team, said during her time interning at the station, she felt overwhelmed with open arms.
“Chief and the staff wanted to me to succeed. It felt like I had know them forever,” said Cannon. “There was nothing they could have done differently. I would tell anyone considering going into the criminal justice field, to participate in the program.”
Cannon said she was able to observe each division, gaining knowledge of where she might consider working after college.
“I now have so many connections. It’s all about who you know, and the networking advice I have received will help me find the right job after I graduate,” she said. “I would like to play basketball overseas, but if those plans fall through then I will decide where I want to apply.”
Brown said he wants the formalized program to display collaborative effort between the Claremore Police Department and RSU.
“It’s a win-win for both of us. We get to see what students want or what they need, and it could end up being a potential recruitment effort for the force as well.”
The internship program provides a chance for students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real life.
“I approached RSU President Dr. Larry Rice with the idea and he was excited about it,” said Brown. “The next step in the process is to provide information about the internship and make it available to all students who are interested.”