After receiving my undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I was hired by the West Allis Police Department, where I was employed as Captain of the Patrol Division. I have nearly 30 years law enforcement experience, twenty-three of these years as a supervisor. I was also in charge of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, where I was responsible for the Sensitive Crimes Division, the Drug Unit, the Forensic and Technical Services Bureau, and the Gang Unit. I was also a former Police Association president for the labor union and later, president of the Administrative Officers Association. My experiences in labor-related issues, including collective bargaining, the legal issues in the administration of discipline, and being a member of our hiring board as an assessment center representative have been invaluable.
Over the years, I have continued my education in and outside the classroom. I graduated from the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, which is a 400-hour course for law enforcement executives. I’ve also received advanced training in Emergency Management, and I am the lead member on our Department’s Critical Incident Review Board.
Also, I instruct seminars on Critical Incident Response for Law Enforcement so that officers and administrators can manage critical incidents in a safer and more organized method. In addition to managing the initial response, the instruction emphasizes the National Incident Command System, Emergency Operations Centers, and Critical Incident Stress Management.
I obtained my Master’s Degree in Public Service from Marquette University. While attending Marquette, I had the privilege to get to know many professors who gave me a greater understanding and broader perspective of public service.
Dr. Farkas encouraged me to consider teaching at Marquette, and for that I am forever in her debt. I have noticed that as I progress, my perspectives and rewards have changed. I enjoy to train, coach, mentor, and encourage students and police officers to be the absolute best that they can be. When successful, for me, there is no greater reward.