John Schorsch is an experienced law enforcement office with recent experience as a sergeant with the Port of Seattle Police Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology from Washington State University. Since 2009, he has volunteered with Safe Call Now.

Based in Kirkland, Washington, Safe Call Now is a nonprofit organization committed to offering guidance to law enforcement officers and public safety professions who suffer from drug addiction, alcoholism, or other serious personal issues. Although the problem is rarely discussed, as many as 25% of all law enforcement officers struggle with a drug or alcohol problem. The stigma associated with these issues inhibits officers from seeking help. Safe Call Now was created to address this issue. 

By providing completely confidential services, Safe Call Now allows officers to confront their drug or alcohol problem without fear of personal or professional consequences. The organization’s services include self-assessment tests, crisis intervention, and referrals. Further information is available online at SafeCallNow.org.
 
Jon Schorsch served the Port of Seattle Police Department for 13 years before a boating accident took his sight. He currently works with the National Federation of the Blind as a self-defense instructor. Additionally, Jon Schorsch serves as a Mediator with Volunteers of America Snohomish in the organization’s Dispute Resolution Center.

Working with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office and the National Federation of the Blind, the job employment website, Monster.com, announced that it was initiating a plan to make the site more accessible and useful for members of the community who are blind. Currently, the unemployment rate for individuals who are blind is at the staggering figure of about 70 percent. In an effort to help reduce this figure, Monster will begin to offer text-to-speech or Braille services that will allow for sightless navigation of the postings on the website. The goal is to have the site and its profiles completely accessible within two years.

Along with this commitment, Monster.com has stated that it would train its customer service department to assist blind users, and that it would work in conjunction with the National Federation of the Blind to encourage institutions of higher education to incorporate technology design components or courses that would attend to special-needs users.
 
Individuals pursuing a criminal justice degree complete in-depth examinations of criminal behavior and study laws and policies established to maintain justice and order in society. Offering B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degree options, as well as an online undergraduate degree, students enrolled in the Washington State University (WSU) Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology engage in courses related to public policy, public administration, research methods, and sociology.

The nation’s second-oldest program, the criminal justice department at WSU was founded in 1943 by one of the first members of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. With instruction mindful of ethics, academics, and professionalism, criminal justice students at WSU may go on to enter the workplace as law enforcement officers, defense attorneys, or judges.

Aside from students training to begin a career in the field, current law enforcement officers also choose to pursue criminal justice coursework in order to expand professional skills and meet departmental promotion requirements. In addition to criminal justice training, individuals planning to work as police officers are required to complete separate academy training. Also, further post-collegiate instruction offered by state-run training commissions can ready individuals to instruct peers in the law enforcement field.

Jon Schorsch earned degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Washington State University in 1992. He is currently completing a graduate degree in public administration at Seattle University.