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.
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.
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