We Hire EVIT: Mesa Police Department
Posted on 02/15/2019
Mesa Police Department hire motivated hard-working people like EVIT alum Samantha Vinal, who is working on her training she received at EVIT. Samantha Vinal, 21, is just starting her career in criminal justice, but already she knows where she wants to retire someday.

“You can count on me to retire with Mesa PD,” Vinal said of the Mesa Police Department, where she works 32 hours a week as a police service assistant while also studying administration of justice at Mesa Community College. “I have yet to decide a specific position I want to aim for, but I know for a fact I want to stay in the Mesa Police Department.”

Samantha credits the East Valley Institute of Technology for giving her a foundation and jump-start to college and career. She graduated from Mesa’s Skyline High School and completed two years in the EVIT Criminal Justice program in 2016.

Samantha Vinal, EVIT Criminal Justice and Mesa Police Department employee

“EVIT helped tremendously with preparing me for college and Mesa PD. As a civilian employee, we are not expected to understand a lot of what is being talked about at work. However, because I went to EVIT Criminal Justice, I am able to understand and even contribute to the conversations with the officers I work with,” she said. “For college, I have a lot of knowledge about criminal justice because I attended EVIT. I feel like I am at an advantage when it comes to performing well in my academics, as not everyone has the experience and knowledge that I obtained from EVIT.”

Criminal Justice is one of over 40 career training programs that EVIT provides tuition-free to East Valley high school students. Tuition-based programs for adults are also offered, with financial aid available for those who qualify. All EVIT programs provide hands-on learning and experience through advanced labs, internships or apprenticeships, and nearly all programs prepare students to earn an industry certification or license.

EVIT also encourages the enrollment of “nontraditional” students -- those whose gender comprises less than 25 percent of employees in that industry. Nontraditional students help increase employment opportunities for future generations by breaking stereotypes and closing the gender gap.

Samantha Vinal, EVIT Criminal Justice alum and Mesa PD employee

In Criminal Justice, females are considered nontraditional. But that hasn’t stopped Samantha from feeling welcome at Mesa PD’s Fiesta Substation, where she manages about 90 marked and unmarked vehicles.

“I have not had any difficulty with being a female in Mesa PD, as we have many females working for the department,” she said. “I am treated as an equal to anyone in that department, sworn or civilian. My male co-workers don’t treat me any different. I feel like I fit right in.”

Samantha ensures that each vehicle is running properly and serviced in a timely manner. She also assigns officers to the vehicles that will work best for them and runs errands throughout the department.

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“They have so many opportunities for civilians, that it is hard to just pick one,” she said. “My main goal is to get through school and see what position calls my name.”

Samantha recommends EVIT as an “amazing career training option. If I had not attended EVIT, I would not have the confidence that I do now in my career field … EVIT can definitely help get you ahead of the game.”

EVIT students have a 98 percent high school graduation rate, 2 out of 3 go on to college and 92 percent are in college, jobs or the military within a year of completing their training. Enroll today: www.evit.com

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We Hire EVIT: Mesa Police Department

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