Title: K9 Officer
Department: EWU Police Department
Number of years at Eastern: 7
Brief personal/professional description: I grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and moved to Cheney to attend EWU in 2005. I went on to graduate in 2010 and was hired on part-time at the police department in 2011. In 2013, I went full-time as the first African American female to be hired at the Police Department. I began teaching classes in the Residence Halls and Greek life about sexual violence to empower students to know what is going on and how to prevent, intercept and report sexual violence. This led me to becoming a K9 Facility Dog handler who specializes in sexual violence and trauma. I received K9 Hilani from Canine Companions for Independence in 2016, began working with the EWU community and eventually branched out within the Spokane County community. Currently, Hilani and I are the only University Police K9 Facility Dog team in Washington State. In April, 2018, I became a credentialed Victim Advocate. I currently offer classes about sexual violence, domestic violence, alcohol and drug safety and healthy relationships to any group, no matter the age demographic.
Favorite book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
Favorite movie: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Favorite quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi
Favorite restaurant: Hop Jacks
Favorite vacation: Anywhere outdoors
If I could do anything today I would: Tour the Egyptian tombs.