According to the Bureaus of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment opportunities for police and detectives is expected to grow by seven percent in the decade leading up to 2020. Continued demand for public safety will lead to new openings for officers in local departments according to BLS.
Sierra College taps Tahoe Truckee law enforcement expert
With an extensive military and civilian law enforcement career, John Weaver promises to bring real world expertise as well as enthusiasm to Administration of Justice Pathways, one of the required courses for the Administration of Justice Associate’s Degree offered by Sierra College, Tahoe - Truckee. The class, which will meet on Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:40 p.m. from Jan. 30 through May 22 in Truckee, is open to all adults and high school students who are interested in learning about law enforcement hiring procedures and labor market trends.
“I want to help students become critical thinkers. In addition to understanding the steps needed to build a successful law enforcement career, students will learn to make decisions based on all of the information available,” shares Weaver when asked what he hopes students will gain from enrolling in Pathways. During the class, students will complete a resume, write a personal statement, gain insights on the hiring process and have the opportunity to practice interviewing.
Over the last twenty-two years Weaver has worked as a deputy, sergeant, lieutenant, on patrol, in corrections, as part of the Special Enforcement Team, Dive Team, Search and Rescue and the list goes on - and on! He has worked locally for more than 12 years with the last three as a Lieutenant based in North Lake Tahoe. Earlier in his career, Weaver was a survival and parachute instructor, was in the infantry, military police and served as a life support technician. In addition to being on active duty, he was in the National Guard.
When asked about the characteristics required to be successful in law enforcement, Weaver’s response echoes demands from private sector employers and other industries – communication skills.
“Two of the most important skills are writing and communication. These two skills make up 80 percent of law enforcement work. We are communicating with people everyday and must be able to articulate what is communicated on a daily basis,” explains Weaver who reminisces about one of his former English teachers who used to say, “If it’s not in writing, it doesn’t exist.”
In addition to Weaver’s Pathways class, Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee is offering additional Administration of Justice classes during the spring semester: Introduction to Investigation taught by Adam McGill, Truckee’s Chief of Police and Introduction to Evidence taught by Michael Fox, a Washoe County deputy sheriff.
Sierra College Career and Technical Education
- Administration of Justice
- Computer Information Systems
- Emergency Medical Technician I
- EMT Refresher
- Early Childhood Development
- Graphic Design