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Government & Law Enforcement Track Alumni

Cameron Day

Cameron Day graduated with a B.S. in Sociology and a concentration in Criminal Justice. He is currently a Probation and Parole Officer with the Department of Corrections.

He came to NKU from Ryle High School where he was awarded an H. Gordon Martin scholarship that paid for the first year of college. Cameron remembers the flyer announcing this first year scholarship. He almost didn’t apply, thinking the competition would be too great, but didn't want to miss an opportunity for lack of trying. He took a chance and he won. The lesson Cameron took from this experience is you can’t win if you don’t play the game. Go for any opportunity that comes your way!

Cameron decided to major in sociology after taking an intro to sociology class and found the major was perfect for helping him to realize his career goal of working in law enforcement.  As a student, he was employed at the Boone County jail as a Sworn Deputy Jailer and earned 12 co-op credit hours for his work at the jail. He believes having this work experience gave him an advantage over other college graduates who only have degree and no experience working with populations that are involved with criminal justice system. Cameron has learned from those who work in the field that the sociology major gives him a distinct advantage in the job market because of its focus on diversity and the social context underlying activities considered criminal.

As a Probation and Parole Officer, Cameron's duties include:

  • Discretion and judgment in supervising routine to high-risk offenders.
  • Provides supervision by conducting investigations for the courts prior to sentencing, assessing offender needs, referring offenders to service providers, and documenting compliance with court ordered conditions of probation or parole.
  • May function as specialized officers and supervise the most difficult offenders, in such areas as sexual offenses, substance abuse, or those requiring intensive supervision.
  • Frequent and sensitive external community contact to manage offenders.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with community, families, service agencies, and other support systems; to locate suitable employment for community based offenders; to motivate clients to change anti-social behaviors; to manage substantial caseloads; to give court room testimony; to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; to understand and implement evidence-based practices relative to community supervision of offenders; and to use electronic technology in the supervision of offenders and in the management of offender-related information.

When Cameron is not working or studying, he enjoys playing sand volleyball and working out.  He travelled to the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2013 with his girlfriend (now his wife) for a 10-day vacation free of internet and social media where he could relax but also explore Dominican culture.