Jordan Aquile, 2012

Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Middletown, NY

Jordan Aquille“I chose St. Thomas Aquinas College because during my tour, I noticed that all of the classrooms were small—no more than 20 seats in a class. STAC is a calm retreat, an intimate learning experience, and one big family.”

In his four years at STAC, Jordan Aquile kept plenty busy making the Dean’s List, giving tours for the college’s admissions office, working as a resident assistant, and participating in Criminal Justice Club activities (the picture on the right is from his STAC days).

But he wanted something more—hands-on experience in the criminal justice field. STAC helped him find it. As a junior, Jordan interned with the Secret Service in its White Plains office. There, he learned to examine American currency to find counterfeits, assist federal agents with their cases, and conduct surveillance. And he earned three college credits for doing it.

alumni in state trooper uniformAs a senior, he interned with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in the Bronx, where he learned the ins and outs of undercover work and taking inventory of seized property. He even scored some self-defense training.

“From Day One with the ATF, I walked into the office and walked right back out. It was all hands-on on the streets,” Jordan recalls. “One of my professors helped me get this internship. It never would have happened at a larger college with no professor to connect me.”

These days, Jordan is a New York State Trooper stationed in Sullivan County. He’s been on the job for a little over a year. On an average day, you’ll find him on patrol in the community, addressing civilian complaints and handling car accidents (the picture on the left features Jordan today as a State Trooper).

“My courses at STAC gave me a good, general knowledge of constitutional law, community policing, and how to build relationships with the community,” Jordan says. “I look forward to advancing my career within the State Police and exploring other units, especially highway patrol and drug interdiction.”