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Fifteen UC Graduates Accepted to Cincinnati Police Department’s 104th Recruit Class

UC’s School of Criminal Justice Proud of its Alumni’s Accomplishments

UC graduates and members of the Cincinnati Police Department's 104th Recruit Class

UC graduates and members of the Cincinnati Police Department's 104th Recruit Class

The Cincinnati Police Department (CPD) recently announced its 104th Recruit Class, marking the Department’s first class of new hires in six years. The class began training on Sept. 2, 2014, and more than 2,000 applicants vied for the 60 open spots, according to the CPD. Much of the new class is comprised of UC graduates from the University’s top-ranked School of Criminal Justice. Further, many of the UC alumni recruits are former CPD interns who worked at the department during their time at UC.

“The University of Cincinnati Criminal Justice program does an excellent job in preparing students for a career in law enforcement by challenging them to understand the importance of problem solving and the integration of technology in designing effective strategies to reduce or eliminate crime,” said Sgt. Steve Saunders of the Cincinnati Police Department. 

UC criminal justice students gain real-world experience while earning their degree by completing internships and/or field placements with law enforcement agencies and offices, like the CPD. Sgt. Saunders noted that UC criminal justice students are knowledgeable about the current challenges law enforcement officers face and well-educated about how to apply their education in today’s rapidly evolving environment.

“The Cincinnati Police Department has an outstanding working relationship with the University of Cincinnati,” added Sgt. Saunders. “Our Department benefits from the world-class research expertise of UC’s Criminal Justice program. Additionally, the collaboration between the CPD and the School has greatly improved our ability to assess and respond to repeat offenders, substantially reducing the impact of violence associated with the illicit drug and gun activity in Cincinnati and our region.”

“The School of Criminal Justice is proud of our graduates who are now a part of the new CPD recruit class,” said Sue Bourke, associate professor and criminal justice undergraduate program director. “They all worked hard to be selected and are highly motivated individuals who will serve our city well.”

Below is the list of the 104th Recruit Class Officers from University of Cincinnati, along with brief bios about each:

 

Shayna Norman, 27

Home city: Hamilton, OH

UC Graduation year: 2010

  • I wanted to become a CPD Officer because my brother spent his adult life serving our country. I look up to him greatly; therefore, I desire to be just like him and to serve the public as well.
  • I look forward to graduating from the Academy. That day marks what I know will be one of the few milestone days of my life. I will join an elite team of the nation's finest, most well trained professionals. I am extremely honored that I have been given the opportunity to be one of them.
  • I came to UC because the School of Criminal Justice is recognized as one of the best in the nation for criminal justice. It was a bonus that it was close to home for me. UC prepared me for this opportunity by providing me all the latest research, educational, and criminal law knowledge I need to be the best law enforcement officer that I can be.

 

Steven Mittermeier, 28

Home city: Cincinnati, OH

UC Graduation year: 2012

Interned with the CPD

  • I wanted to become a CPD Officer because it is the only career where I can do something I love and get paid to do it.
  • I look forward to becoming a CPD Officer and helping others.
  • UC prepared me for this opportunity by helping me improve my writing skills.

 

Terrill R. Saylor Jr., 34

Home city: Fairfield, OH

UC Graduation year: 2002

  • I wanted to become a CPD Officer to be a part of a prestigious agency, a part of my community, and to be involved in a rewarding career that utilizes my strengths.
  • I came to UC because it was close to home and a nationally-ranked university. The program I was in was diverse and insightful about how people interact with one another.
  • UC prepared me for this opportunity by emphasizing interpersonal communication, giving me unique insights on how people act and why they do certain things.

 

Kori Wilkins, 22

Home city: Cincinnati, OH 

UC Graduation year: 2014

Interned with the CPD

  • I wanted to become a CPD Officer because it’s a fast-paced work environment, and there are endless opportunities with the department.
  • I look forward to graduating from the Academy and being able to protect and serve the community of Cincinnati. 
  • I chose to go to UC because of the excellent Criminal Justice Program. I also really liked the campus and all the different clubs on-campus. 
  • UC prepared me for this opportunity because I learned about the criminal justice system as a whole. The UC Criminal Justice Program also gave the opportunity to intern with CPD, which allowed me to see how the department functions. It also showed me how all the different districts and special assignments work together to keep things running smoothly. 

 

Abigail Waymire, 22

Home city: Beavercreek, OH

UC Graduation year: 2014
Interned with the CPD

  • I look forward to becoming a member of one of the best police departments in the nation, and I look forward to the opportunities available in the department for future growth.  
  • I chose to go to UC because the CJ program is one of the best, and I really enjoy the city of Cincinnati. Also, I really enjoyed the faculty and staff of the Criminal Justice program and the advice they gave me. 

Clinton Butler, 25

Home city: Mt. Orab, OH

UC Graduation year: 2011

  • I look forward to the pride of being a CPD Officer and having the resources to become the best officer I can be.
  • I chose UC because the faculty is knowledgeable and experienced. They often provided real life examples from their law enforcement careers.
  • UC gave me knowledge of the many aspects of criminal justice, which helped me direct where I want my career to go as well as how to get there.

 

Robert Hemsink, 23

Home city: Cincinnati, OH

UC Graduation year: 2013

Interned with the CPD

  • I wanted to become a CPD Officer because no other department in this area does what the city’s police department does. I wanted to work for the busiest department while also working with the best officers.
  • UC prepared me by giving me the foundation, knowledge, and skillsets to qualify for and set me apart from other applicants.

 

Nicholas Casch, 29

Home city: Cincinnati, OH

UC Graduation year: 2010

  • I wanted to become a CPD Officer because I think it would be a rewarding way to use my talents and better my community. 
  • UC helped prepare me through coursework and experiences that correspond directly to real-life situations. 
  • I chose UC because it offers wide-ranging course selection, recreation, and one of the best criminal justice programs in the nation. 

 

John Wolff, 30

Home city: Cincinnati, OH 

UC Graduation year: 2012

Interned with the CPD

  • I wanted to become a CPD Officer to join one of the best teams in the country and receive the best training around. 
  • UC prepared me by giving me the tools and knowledge needed to join the elite team of CPD officers. 
  • I look forward to the elite training and joining an outstanding team. I look forward to being a positive influence in the city of Cincinnati.
  • I chose UC because it is one of the most prestigious criminal justice programs in the country. I enjoyed the relationships and activities in the program.

 

Rob Ball, 25

Home city: Liberty township, OH
UC Graduation year: 2012

Interned with the CPD

  • I wanted to become a CPD Officer because I always wanted to do something in law enforcement, and after interning with the CPD I knew I wanted to be an officer here.
  • UC prepared me by giving me the ability to apply what I was learning in the classroom out in the real world.
  • I look forward to being a part of a department that has such great camaraderie.
  • I came to UC because it has one of the top criminal justice programs in the country and all of my professors had years of experience in the classes they taught.

 

Andrew Burkett, 26

Home city: Crystal Lake, IL
UC Graduation year: 2010 
Interned with the CPD

  • I wanted to become a CPD Officer because I fell in love with the city when I was an undergrad at UC, and I wanted to serve the community as well as start a family here.
  • I am most looking forward to becoming an active and contributing member to the city of Cincinnati and CPD during this time of growth and change.

 

Joseph Keating, 27

Home city: Cincinnati, OH

UC Graduation year: Undergrad 2009, law school 2012

Interned with the CPD

  • I wanted to become a CPD Officer to give back to my city and help people.
  • The UC Criminal Justice Program allowed me to have a field placement with the CPD, which gave me an inside look and networking opportunities at the department. The curriculum provided me a solid background on crime prevention and policing to help understand why the department was doing what it was doing when paying attention to current events (especially in regard to programs like CIRV).
  • I chose UC primarily because I knew of the field placement program with CPD. The thing I enjoyed most about the program was the diversity of the students involved. We had many non-traditional students who brought their own life experiences to the classroom, which improved the quality of the education.
  • UC allowed me to work toward my goal of becoming a CPD Officer by helping me network within the department. It also gave me a diverse background to understand all the different aspects of the criminal justice system, not only the policing aspects.

 

Molly CaJacob, 27

Home city: Cincinnati, OH

UC Graduation year: 2012

  • I wanted to become a CPD Officer because I want to make a difference in my community and work for one of the best departments.
  • While at UC I worked for the Ohio Innocence Project through the College of Law. My time here helped me understand the importance of integrity as a police officer and attention to detail. 
  • My law degree helped me in understanding the laws we will be enforcing and anticipating how attorneys may challenge our decisions.

 

Matthew Spradlin, 32

Hometown city: Cincinnati, OH

UC Graduation year: 2007

Interned with the CPD

  • I wanted to become a CPD Officer because I loved my time interning in the CPD with the community-problem-oriented police unit, and knew I wanted to work for this department.
  • UC’s internship with the department prepared me by showing me how real life was within the police department and what to expect when, and if, I eventually would get the job.

 

Joseph Stone, 23

Hometown city: Cincinnati, OH

UC Graduation year: 2012

  • I wanted to become a CPD Officer because I have heard that it is a great department to work for and they provide great opportunities. I have been working towards this career since I was about fifteen years old by joining the Delhi Township Police Explorer program. It has been a dream of mine to become a police officer, and I plan on enjoying every minute of it.
  • The thing that I most look forward to in joining the class is taking everything that I learn in the Academy and applying it in the field.
  • I went to UC because I knew how important it is to have a degree. I also went there because Cincinnati State offered a scholarship for transferring.  I really like how most of the classes I attended where taught by prior law enforcement. I think this made them very knowledgeable.
  • UC prepared me by providing me with internship opportunities in police agencies. My internship really made me see what the career was about and what I had to look forward to.