Barton Criminal Justice Student Succeeds As Kansas Highway Patrol Officer
Written by: Press release issued by David Elliott
Date of publication: 11-18-2021
There’s an old saying that TV rots your brain, but for Seth Gruber, 23, of Russell, it didn’t. In fact, his fondness for crime shows led to his career in law enforcement.
“Criminal justice has always been an area that interested me since I was young,” he said. “I have always been fascinated by all the little details that investigators have discovered during various investigations that you would see on television.”
Gruber found his way to law enforcement through Barton’s Emergency Medical Services program. He found out that taking EMS courses would count towards his criminal justice degree, so he immersed himself in Barton’s curriculum, including the field operations day filled with real-life scenarios that the department hosts each spring.
“I was able to participate in the Field Operations Day with the EMS program in 2017 and I was very happy that I did, as it was a great opportunity to see how all the agencies are working together and to see some scenarios that I might face in the future, “he said.” Then as part of the criminal justice program, I was also able to participate in the law enforcement component of the day of field operations at the Spring 2018. Again, this was a great opportunity to bring in certified agents from surrounding areas. Share with us the scenarios they’ve faced before and provide us with guidance to ensure we have sustainable careers. “
However, it was not only the hands-on experience he gained from the day of field operations that he found beneficial.
“Some of my closest friends of Barton who were in the criminal justice program at the same time as me are now certified law enforcement officers statewide, and they are a valuable tool and resource to contact, ”he said.
Gruber left Barton with his associate degree in criminal justice in 2018. However, he was still too young to enroll in the Kansas Highway Patrol training program. one day hoped to protect and serve as a law enforcement officer. He also volunteered as an EMT for the departments of Hoisington and Moundridge.
Gruber turned 21 at the end of 2018 and enrolled in the KHP program. He was hired in June 2019 and stationed in western Kansas along Interstate 70 in Logan County.
While there were many agencies that Gruber could have worked for, choosing the KHP was a no-brainer.
“I chose to become a State Trooper because they have always been considered the elite group in Kansas,” he said. “Plus, there are no borders or limits on jurisdiction or restrictions on where they can go to help someone in need.”
Gruber said he took the job knowing it was a difficult job, but vital to the very existence of our company. Her everyday life is filled with unknowns, but that’s part of her appeal.
“Law enforcement officers are a necessity to hold everyone accountable for their actions, whether someone is watching or not,” he said. “My favorite part is never knowing what my day will be or who I will have the opportunity to meet. The views of my office from my patrol vehicle are something you won’t find anywhere else. “
Visit criminal justice.bartonccc.edu for more information on the criminal justice program.
(Story and photo by Joe Vinduska, Barton Community College.)