Over the course of his career, Jon Schorsch has been engaged in public service. An experienced law enforcement officer, Jon Schorsch served 14 years as a police sergeant for the Port of Seattle Police Department.
The Port of Seattle Police Department provides primary law enforcement services to the Port’s seaport properties. The department is committed to, among other things, providing professional law enforcement services. To meet this commitment, the department offers a Police Training Officer (PTO) program to newly hired officers, whether entry level or lateral.
The PTO program establishes a training team for all recruits consisting of two PTO trainers, a sergeant, a commander, and an evaluator. During the program, the new recruits evaluate themselves and their performance on the job, learn from their mistakes, and journal everything they have learned to solidify their learning experiences.
New recruits go through a 17-week PTO program while laterals go through an 8-week PTO program. During this time, the recruits monitor and evaluate their progress in 15 essential competencies and their PTO evaluators add comments to these written evaluations. During the final week, a board meeting takes place where recruits are asked a number of questions before being informed of the PTO cadre’s decision.
A graduate of Seattle University with a master's degree and a law degree, Jon Schorsch spent many years with the Port of Seattle Police Department, serving as a sergeant and leading marine operations for boat and dive missions. Jon Schorsch now serves the National Federation of the Blind as a self-defense instructor.
Empowering people with visual impairments, the National Federation of the Blind operates under the leadership of individuals with vision loss. Through personal experience, the organization's leaders support others who have lost their vision and assist them in achieving their goals.
The National Federation of the Blind has advocated at a federal level for legislation to support people with vision loss. Recently, the organization announced success on this front after six years of effort.
On June 28, 2018, the blog of the National Federation of the Blind featured a post on the United States Senate's consent to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled. Approval of the new legislation requires modifications to current US copyright law to allow people with vision impairments to have access to printed works
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