Jason Legendre – YCCC’s CJ Student of the Month

posted in Criminal Justice on March 1st, 2016

jason legendereHi Jason!  It is great to have you as our Major of the Month. What interests you about the Criminal Justice field? 

Hey! First off thanks for recognizing me as the Major of the Month, I know how prestigious and competitive it has been for some of our previous honorees! I actually gained interest in the CJ field a little later in life than most do. I actually left a relatively lucrative career field because I wanted to make a difference every day. I believe that the present day is a very interesting time to be getting into law enforcement. We see a lot of serious issues in how our justice system works and now more than ever officials are held to a very high standard. I have had some very positive experiences and some very negative experiences with the Criminal Justice System. Both have inspired me to pursue a career and hopefully make a difference in our society. My primary interests are in environmental law right now. I am an avid outdoorsman and I put a great deal of value in conserving our natural resources. It would be a shame if future generations missed out on some of the outdoor activities I have experienced. The field of Criminal Justice is so broad that it is really hard to focus on one avenue. Many things interest me but I would say conservation law is my main squeeze right now.

 I am so glad you joined the Criminal Justice club this year and wondered if it has been a positive experience for you.

I’m not going to lie here, when I first heard about the CJ club I thought to myself “how lame, I don’t have time for that”. Now that I have   infiltrated the ranks however my opinion has changed.  I honestly wish I would have given it a shot earlier. In the professional world  networking can literally make or break you, and I hadn’t really thought about that until I joined the CJ club. Law enforcement is a field where knowing 1 person can open a ton of doors. Even if it just means knowing a face at an interview, networking plays a crucial part in getting jobs and building a strong team. Working in the CJ field takes a great deal of character. Agencies don’t have a lot of time to find our who you are in a 30 min interview so if someone is comfortable with you and knows you then it can help your chances at getting hired because you are proven. The CJ club has some pretty strong members and I would honestly love to work with just about any of them in the future. Like I said before there really hasn’t been a more crucial time for law enforcement and the CJ club helps to build bonds as well as reinforce values.

I know you are always busy with classes but what  do you like to do when you aren’t busy with schoolwork?                  

When I’m not at school, work, or drill weekend I am either racing my motorcycles or back home in Northern NH hunting, fishing, hiking, or shooting.  Occasionally I do adult things like work on my house and cut firewood for the winter, however I try not to take life that serious if I don’t have to.   

 What are your plans after your graduate from YCCC in May?

 That is the $44,000 question…which is the average salary of a law enforcement officer here in Maine FYI. I have applied for a few jobs in the CJ field and I am also accepted at Unity College here in Maine because I would really love to utilize the very generous scholarships available for  transfer students from YCCC to Unity  and work on my BS in Conservation Law. I would however be open to a full time Law  Enforcement job if I was fortunate enough to get hired. I would really like to work for the Warden Service or Forest Service and although a 4 year degree is not required, it really is the unwritten standard. In a perfect world I will transfer to Unity College and pursue a position in conservation when I complete my Bachelors. Currently, I am shooting for a seasonal Law Enforcement job to gain some more experience. We are pretty fortunate to have these coastal communities that hire reserve officers and it is a really easy way to get your feet wet in the field.

Do you think you will be able to out run the paparazzi when word gets out that you are the CJ student of the month?

Well again, I won’t lie, running is not my strong suit. I mostly do bicycle as cardio so it could be a stretch. Maybe I shouldn’t run at all and then I could capitalize on all this fame and fortune. I have plans for writing a book and I’m still waiting to here back about a gig as a keynote speaker at the sheriffs expo….If I am still being honest though I expect some street cred after this, like at the very least I better get some free Guac at Chipotle.

jason legendereAny words of wisdom, shout outs, final thoughts?

I’d really like to encourage anyone interested in Criminal Justice to drop by a meeting some time and check it out. I think it’s important to get involved. Also, if anyone is even remotely interested in the field they should really look into it further. The Criminal Justice field is so broad and agencies are in dire need of qualified people. If you are looking for a steady  and rewarding career with some great benefits there are jobs available. If I could give any advice to students here it would be to take advantage of all the opportunities we have here in Southern Maine. The community around us, as well as YCCC in general, has a ton of opportunities to further where you want to go.

I’d also like to thank you (Tracey) for all your hard work and dedication to the program. I don’t see many other advisors going to the great lengths that you do on a daily basis. The opportunities you present all of us with are honestly invaluable. Let’s be honest with ourselves Criminal Justice can be dry and draining at times and you always seem to make it fun and relevant.

Also, if anyone reading this works at   Chipotle….Thanks again cheers!