Taking what I’ve learned in theory and putting it into practice will give me an advantage when entering the law enforcement field.
Sarah Carlozzi, a criminal justice major from Barnstable, served as an intern with the BSU Police Department, working with its K-9 officer, Zach. We asked Sarah to share some thoughts about this experience.
During the spring semester, I have had the amazing privilege to work with the Bridgewater State University Police Department alongside Captain Ryan Tepper and explosives-detection K-9, Zach. Under the direction of Chief David Tillinghast, the department was eager to assist me in obtaining valuable experience that simply can’t be taught in a classroom.
Taking what I’ve learned in theory and putting it into practice will give me an advantage when entering the law enforcement field. I have had the rare opportunity to participate in live K-9 training, observe emergency response calls involving suspicious packages and attend protective sweeps in advance of large events, including the protection of Governor Charlie Baker when he came to campus. From Taser training to radio skills, I am learning many things that are required on the job.
Moreover, with the department’s goal of enhancing its relationships across campus, I have been tasked with managing the community outreach social media and the coordinating of outreach events. I have participated in more than 60 such events and have learned the many methods and strategies used to interact with the public.
Captain Tepper’s leadership and direction have already afforded me the opportunity to earn a position as a community service officer with my hometown police department. I look forward to gaining even more indispensable knowledge and experience, thanks to this unique internship opportunity.