News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael McAllister
(803) 327-8032

Support of Local Agencies Makes Criminal Justice Technology Program Possible

July 13, 2010

ROCK HILLŚThe Criminal Justice Technology degree program at York Technical CollegeŚwhich began with 20 students only a few years agoŚnow exceeds 100 students, thanks in large part to the support of local law enforcement agencies. It is now one of the college's fastest-growing programs.

An example of the strong agency support came this spring when the Rock Hill Police Department donated an out-of-rotation patrol vehicle.

"Preparing students to meet the rigorous demands of a career in the criminal justice field involves intertwining curriculum with practical application," said Tricia Hovis, department chair of York Tech's Criminal Justice Technology program. The donated patrol car makes applying those practical applications just that much easier.

"We value our relationship with Chief Gregory and his department," Hovis said. "We could not have reached or sustained our rapid growth without their support."

Another example of strong agency support can be seen by looking at the names of those serving on the Criminal Justice Technology Advisory Board, including Rock Hill Police Chief John Gregory, York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant, Solicitor Kevin Brackett, former Solicitor Tommy Pope, Capt. Stanley Wells of the York County Sherriff's Department, Cpl. Anna Jagger of the Chester Police Department, York Tech Public Safety Chief Tim Turney, and former Clover Police Chief Legrand Guerry. These leaders in law enforcement ensure that the program stays abreast of new technologies, legal guidelines, and professional standards.

The York County Sheriff's Office and the Rock Hill Police Department and others have provided guest speakers to give insight on subjects such as ethical standards, community policing, or provided assistance in the demonstration of defensive tactics. And many of these agencies have stepped up to offer qualified students internships, where they gain even more valuable experience. Internship sites have included York County Sherriff's Office, Rock Hill Police Department, York County Coroner's Office, Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, Chester County Sheriff's Office, 16th Circuit Family Court, Fort Mill Police Department, Clover Police Department, S.C. Probation and Parole, and the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice.

"Any opportunity to inject real-world applications into the student experience is a welcomed one," said Hovis, citing the addition of former Clover Police Chief Guerry as the newest full-time faculty member as another way to ensure that students are receiving quality instruction. Armed with a master's degree, coursework at the FBI Academy and the Southern Police Institute, and 25 years of law enforcement experience, students clamor to enroll in Guerry's classes.

The Criminal Justice Technology program offers courses in a variety of formats to meet the demands of rotating shifts and busy schedules. For more information, contact Hovis at (803) 981-7376 or

York Technical College / 452 South Anderson Road / Rock Hill, SC 29730