Kaskaskia College Criminal Justice Program visits Centralia High School Criminal Justice Dual Credit Classes

December 21, 2022

On Thursday, December 15, 2022, the Kaskaskia College Criminal Justice Program Coordinator, Kenneth Ingersoll, conducted a de-escalation training with Centralia High School Criminal Justice Dual Credit students with the Milo Simulator.

Dual credit students were involved in this computer-based scenario interactive tool by utilizing a belt with a computer-activated handgun and taser. Students could zero in with their weapons and then interact with several scenarios. Although students held these tools on their belts, the most vital tool was their verbal communication skills. Many scenarios draw the students into the communication techniques of de-escalating potential volatile incidents using their words. The videos are life-size, and there is nothing between the characters and the student. It is easy to get captivated by the scenarios.  

The visit emphasized the greatest tool available to everyone: verbal communication skills. 

Sitting behind the laptop controls was KC Professor Kenneth Ingersoll. There are potential options for almost all the scenarios. The click of an icon takes the direction to either intensify or comply. Nearly every scenario can have a different outcome. The simulator is a vital training tool to ready professionals for real-life incidents they will encounter throughout their careers.    

Assisting with this training was Centralia Police Department Dual Credit Instructor and School Resource Officer Mickey Jader. Officer Jader assisted with preparing students to step into their scenarios. During tough times with the incident, he stepped in to help the students with their verbal and legal direction. After many of the scenarios, a debriefing was conducted to review the appropriate steps to de-escalate the incidents legally. Thirty-six students, Officer Jader, CPD Lieutenant Steve Whritenour, and Mayor Brian Kuder, participated in the simulator training. CPD Dispatcher Supervisor Stacey Jolliff and CHS Assistant Principal Bobby Brenneisen were also present and observed the training.  

During the school year, Officer Jader teaches two dual credit criminal justice college-level courses per semester to earn college credits and give students a career direction after high school. Careers in Criminal Justice number in the upper hundreds, and the hiring fields are open to college graduates. These dual credit courses, taken at the high school, allow students to earn college credits and easily step into the criminal justice program at Kaskaskia College. 

Taking these dual credit courses shortens their college stay and speeds up the start-up of their workforce careers in criminal justice.  
Hopefully, this training exercise showed high school students an in-depth look into their potential careers and strengthened their direction to the Kaskaskia College Criminal Justice Program.

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