About Me I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. The village, Hazel Crest, was about 30 miles south of downtown. On a clear day, and there were not many back in the 60 and 70s, I could see …
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I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. The village, Hazel Crest, was about 30 miles south of downtown. On a clear day, and there were not many back in the 60 and 70s, I could see Chicago's skyline from the high points in the neighborhood or from my roof. I was very aware of the political and racial dynamics that were happening in the 60s and 70s. My middle school and high school were integrated and had been for a while.
I graduated from high school in 1975 and was accepted into Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. This was a very beautiful part of the state I had not experienced before. There were trees and lakes and rolling hills, unlike where I grew up. I began pursuing a political science degree as I was very interested in current events. I was quite active in the student government. About half way through college I changed my major to Administration of Justice. At that time SIU had one of the best criminal justice programs in the country. I graduated in 1979.
In my free time
I love the outdoors, which is one reason I wanted to come to Colorado. I love to hike, travel, camp, and explore. I also love reading. These are also some of my favorite things about police work — you are outside and in all kinds of environments, some great some very alarming.
Becoming a police officer
I got hired on to the police department of a small village south of Chicago, named Olympia Fields, and I worked there two years. I applied to the Lakewood department in 1981 and was hired. At that time Lakewood was high on the list of departments to work for, and I was fortunate and have worked in Lakewood for 37 years — and to have lived in the city for about 33 years.
I became a police officer because I wanted to help people. Law enforcement put me in the middle of many different situations due to the people who call me to help. I also recognize that some people really don't want to be around officers unless they need them.
I loved putting together big cases and bringing them to court, and I love working with people. I have met many good people over the years that would include arrestees. They may have made a mistake, but they are still good people.
A career as a SRO
My career took me from the street into the schools. I worked in the Alameda area elementary schools as a DARE officer, and I then moved into Alameda High School as a School Resource Officer (SRO) shortly after Columbine. As an SRO I felt like I was doing community policing at its finest.
I loved being in the school and dealing with people on an ongoing basis. The relationships built between the students, their families and the faculty are truly an important component to law enforcement. A SRO enforces the law, teaches, builds positive relationships, and works hard to make the school safe.
I am honored to have served the Lakewood community and have enjoyed my career. I retired as Lakewood High School's SRO in March.
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