High school students get a glimpse of careers in law enforcement

FBI agent speaks with a student
Vadim Thomas, former Special Agent in Charge of FBI, is now the chief of RPI Security.

High school English teacher Kelly Cobb and her College Writing and Communications students welcomed two law enforcement officers to the class on Nov. 19. Adam Cobb, a Bethlehem Police Officer and Vadim Thomas, a former Special Agent in Charge of FBI spoke to the class about their experiences.

“You have to want to serve,” Thomas said as he described his time working in New York City on 9/11 and the days following. “This is not the type of life you choose lightly.”

Police officer speaking
Adam Cobb, from the Bethlehem Police Department.

Cobb agreed and recalled a time when he was called to a scene where a teenager died.

“That was a really tough day,” Cobb said. He emphasized the importance of empathy and understanding. But, he also wanted to convey how worthwhile the job can be as well, telling students that getting to see the positive impact he and other officers have on the community is very rewarding.