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SGA president takes internship with UNT PD

SGA president takes internship with UNT PD

February 04
05:22 2016

Chelsea Watkins | Staff Writer

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The student body president is now working for the UNT Police Department.

Along with being Student Government Association president, Adam Alattry will intern with the UNT police as a policy analyst this semester. Alattry sought an internship position with the UNT police to fulfill his capstone requirement for his political science major.

During his internship, Alattry will be assisting with accreditation and policy management, where he will look into policies to make sure they are up-to-date and help create police training materials. He will also transfer materials to new software the police department is adopting.

Lieutenant David Owen said the new system will allow police officers to take training courses online and will include testing. Training is a large part of the police department, as it is required to keep their accreditation status.

The UNT police are accredited through both the Calea standard and Iaclea standard, which means they must continuously train officers and update policies. The police department has a little more than a hundred policies, Owens said.

“What Adam is going to be doing is working with [Peg Gant] to make sure training is meeting standards,” Owens said.

The police department doesn’t typically advertise internships for students, as positions vary from year to year. However, any students interested in interning for them can contact them to inquire about available positions, he said.

“It really depends on their interest,” Owens said.

In this case, Owens said their need for help in the adoption of this new system fit well with Alattry’s career interests.

As SGA president, Alattry was also a part of the campus carry task force and helped draft the recommendations for campus carry laws and rules for UNT that was sent to the board of regents.

“Now the UNT police department is going to need a policy specifically for campus carry and how they are going to deal with active shooter situations,” Alattry said. “As a student body president, I was able to help draft that initial thing and then I’m gonna help draft the procedure at UNT PD.”

Featured Image: SGA president Adam Alattry explains what his job as a policy analyst at the UNT Police Department is. Dylan Nadwodny | Staff Photographer

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