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Law enforcement academy helps prepare students for jobs

Dozens of students have enrolled in the Law Enforcement Career Academy through the Porter County Career and Technical Center and gone on to a successful career in law enforcement. Teachers Curt Hawkins, a retired Valparaiso detective, and Ralph Iler, a former Porter County chief juvenile probation officer, say the primary goal of the program is to help young adults choose a career path in law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible residents of their communities. Sgt. Jason Praschak, 32, of the Porter County Sheriff's Department, worked at the Porter County Jail in 2005 before joining the sheriff's department a year later. "I took those classes when I was in...