On this week’s episode we speak with Sarah Shendy, the Director of the Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment. We discuss how her unique perspective as a Muslim American, community service-oriented police officer and trainer helped her to obtain one of the most important positions in modern policing. She also explains how the State of Ohio is taking a proactive approach to recruiting and retaining quality police officers.
For over 11 years, Sarah has served as an officer with the Copley, Ohio Police Department. With this agency, she facilitated the D.A.R.E. program for grades 6th through high school. She has earned both a bachelors and master's degree in criminal justice focused on global issues and juvenile justice. Due to her cultural and religious knowledge and background in Muslim and Middle Eastern populations, she also served as a Terrorism Liaison Officer.
In 2012, Sarah designed and facilitated a training for law enforcement officers and other public service employees on more effective ways to interact with Middle Eastern populations. This course includes a large segment on the Muslim religion, and continues to be utilized as a training resource here in Ohio, and replicated in other states.
In 2014, she was one of sixteen members elected by former Attorney General Mike DeWine to serve as a panelist evaluating the training, certification, and advancement of law enforcement officers in the State of Ohio. She served as a Mental Health First Aid instructor and co-chair the Attorney General's Task Force on Criminal Justice and Mental Health.
Currently, Sarah serves as the Director of the Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment.