Lancaster – Lancaster Police Detective Brian Lowe occasionally picks up some extra hours by patrolling the halls of Ohio University Lancaster. It's something he's proud to do for his Alma Mater, a place which helped him imagine who he could become.
"Ohio University Lancaster was convenient," said Lowe. "It offered some flexibility, and I was able to work and be a student at the same time."
Lowe started as a patrol officer in 1996.In 1998, he started classes at Ohio University Lancaster in the Law Enforcement Technology program. He finished his associate's degree and went on to complete a bachelor's degree. Lowe graduated in 2003 with a degree in Criminal Justice. Now, as a detective, he is transforming his community by using what he learned in the classroom and solving one crime at a time.
"The Criminal Justice program allowed me to get more in depth learning about the criminal justice system," said Lowe. "Since I minored in psychology, it helped me learn how to interview people."
Lowe conducts all kinds of investigations. He has been the lead detective in death, robbery and arson investigations. Recently, he investigated a case where a woman claimed she was abducted after a car accident on Memorial Drive. She later recanted her story. Lowe has been given the Lancaster Police Department Officer of the Year award twice.
Lowe often finds himself applying what he learned in the classroom at work. He believes he is a better detective because of the program at Ohio University Lancaster.
"It really made be a better officer," said Lowe. "The instructors had real-world experience. They were retired officers and offered that breadth of knowledge."
Lowe said he enjoys occasionally working security detail at OUL. He said it's nice to be back in the building and to see how the campus is growing and changing.
"I don't think people realize the extent of what can be done at OUL," said Lowe."The Pickerington Center is nice. You don't have to drive to Chillicothe or Athens. It is more affordable to stay at home, and you get the same quality that you get at the main campus. I am proud to have graduated from the Lancaster Campus."