This week we had the opportunity to chat with Andrew Belzer (2003-07).
What class year and degree earned at Tiffin University?
I graduated with honors in 2007 with a BCJ, majored in Law Enforcement and minor in Homeland Security Studies.
Why did you choose Tiffin University?
I was attracted to the criminal justice program and the opportunity to compete in athletics. I also liked the idea of attending a small school where professors and administrators actually got to know you.
What activities were you involved in while attending TU?
Student Athlete Advisory Committee and I was a Peer Leader in the Freshmen Orientation program. I also worked in the admissions office, giving campus tours and later worked in the Criminal Justice office.
Do you have a favorite campus memory or person?
I enjoyed giving campus tours. My favorite person on campus was Gene Chintala.
What does being a Tiffin University graduate mean to you?
Being a TU grad means knowing the value of people and the role they play in achieving success.
Where are you employed and what is your job title and responsibilities?
I am a police officer with the City of Middleburg Heights. I work as a patrolman and also serve as a field training officer (training newly hired officers).
What do you like most about your job/career?
I like the fact that I can make a difference. Most days it is not anything significant, but overall, I get to have a positive influence on society and provide a service to others.
What advice would you give a student looking into your career?
Unfortunately the field of law enforcement is a lot different than when I graduated. To be honest it is a difficult profession that requires dedication and sacrifice. I suggest students take advantage of an internship. Make connections and don’t be afraid to observe and learn as much as you can. Also, don’t limit yourself to a certain job. Be willing to work in a variety of jobs in the law enforcement field. Sometimes you need to have different experience before moving on to the job you really want.
Are you involved in any community/volunteer clubs?
I helped institute the Shop with a Cop program at my police department. This program pairs an officer with an underprivileged child in our community. The officer takes the child shopping and they get to buy Christmas presents for themselves and gifts for their family. Officers volunteer their time and raise money for the event.
What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment/what are you most proud of?
I am simply proud to be a police officer. I have accomplished some cool things in athletics while in college and even after college. But, what you do on a daily basis defines who you are.