Criminal justice majors gain law enforcement experience at Student Basic Jailor Academy

Taylor Lisco, a junior criminal justice major from Fredericksburg, trains in the Student Basic Jailor Academy.

Taylor Lisco, a junior criminal justice major from Fredericksburg, trains in the Student Basic Jailor Academy.

Agustin Hussain hopes to follow in the footsteps of his late uncle, Robert Ellis, a former Navy SEAL and narcotics detective for the Newport News Police Department.

“I’ve always been interested in law enforcement,” said Hussain, a rising senior and criminal justice major at Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. “But it was my uncle and mentor who pushed me to pursue my dream of becoming a special agent for the FBI’s counterterrorism division.”

At 22, Hussain is three years shy of meeting the bureau’s work history requirement, so he’s doing the next best thing: He’s become a recruit for Henrico County’s Student Basic Jailor Academy.

“For many of us, corrections is a doorway into another branch of law enforcement,” said Hussain. “This program is a no-brainer in that it will allow me to gain sworn law enforcement experience before graduation. It’s an edge that I know very few of my peers will have.”

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