On December 20, two new sheepdog-warriors joined the ranks of our police forces. It couldn’t have come at a better time, as they were sworn in against the backdrop of a dangerous society where a “war on cops” has been declared.
What makes this special is that both officers—serving in Texas and Kansas respectively, were college roommates, football players, and criminal justice majors at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansa. Special for me, is that I had the honor of teaching them in the classroom and watching them play on the field.
Oscar Corral of Houston graduated from the Texas Department of Public Safety and will begin service in Big Springs, Texas. Trooper Corral graduated from Bethany College in 2014 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. He was a cornerback for the Swedes football team.
Brentt Donaldson of Holton, Kansas graduated from the Johnson County Police Academy and will begin service with the Lenexa (Kansas) Police Department. Officer Donaldson graduated from Bethany College in 2014 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice. He was a safety for the Swedes football team during his tenure at Bethany as well.
These men stand out from their peers because they were the first and last people out of the weight room, worked to establish internships and networks with local law enforcement agencies, spent time before and after class with me to make sure their assignments were “perfect.” Always smiling, these gentlemen went above and beyond to secure and maintain scholarships as student-athletes and their academics, attitudes and work ethic simply affirm why we consider law enforcement as a profession. We are proud to have them join our brother and sister-warriors!
Brian A. Kinnaird is a cop-turned-professor where he has spent the last two decades on the police side of criminal justice. He is widely published in the area of police practices and enjoys an active teaching and research agenda, training tomorrow’s sheepdogs today! Brian can be reached at [email protected] or through his website at www.briankinnaird.com.