Andrew O’Connor’s Trine University education allowed him to follow his calling.
Andrew, who graduated from Trine in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, now works as a lead police sergeant at Parkview Health.
The community has always been close to Andrew’s heart; giving back in meaningful ways and putting a smile on the faces of people he meets. This mindset led him to pursue law enforcement and it turned out perfectly.
Andrew’s career started before he knew it. During his freshman year at Trine he joined the American Criminal Justice Association. This opened the door for him to complete a ride-along with the Indiana State Police. Andrew learned how involved people in law enforcement were with the community and determined this was his calling.
Shortly after the ride-along, Andrew discovered an internship with the police department at a local hospital. Following graduation, the company hired him.
Andrew enjoys his career due to the variety from day to day.
“I would be lying if I said there was a typical day in my career,” he said. “In one shift I may wear the hat of a parent, a social worker, a teacher, a friend, a janitor or a maintenance staff member.”
“The most rewarding part about my career is having that deep sense of community,” he said. “Law enforcement is a very tough career, but there are moments that make everything worthwhile. For me, it’s having the opportunity to get someone to smile or laugh and truly being there for your community at their worst moments.”