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October 19, 2018 : Ohio University Lancaster Graduate Receives 2018 Emerging Athena Award

by Sarah Shy

 

Ohio University Lancaster graduate Jessyca Schultz was presented with the 2018 Emerging Athena Award by the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce. It was her work within the community and dedication to others that brought her this honor.

 

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Even before Schultz graduated from Ohio University Lancaster with her degree in Law Enforcement Technology, she had an outstanding amount of achievements and success within her community.  

 

“This is a young woman who clearly demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative in the criminal justice field.  She provides an invaluable service to our community, and actively assists men and women in realizing their full leadership potential.” Lisa Taylor said.

 

While attending the university and maintaining a 3.4 GPA, she was an intern in the Lancaster Police Department. She worked alongside Lancaster Police Department’s Community Service Unit. After encouragement from an LPD supervisor, Schultz completed the “Citizen’s Police Academy Training” which is a 12-week training program covering many different law enforcement topics. Around the time she completed her training, she joined “Lancaster’s Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association”—a non-profit group comprised of volunteers who aid the Lancaster Police Department. She also volunteered in many community activities like D.A.R.E., Safety Town, and in the property and evidence room.

 

Lisa Taylor (Law Enforcement Technology lecturer) encouraged Schultz to apply for a position as an Advanced Job Facilitator and Assistance Coordinator through Sinclair Community College, at the Southeastern Correctional Complex in Lancaster. Schultz got the position and soon began working at the facility which comprised of level 1 and level 2 offenders. She was responsible for facilitating distance learning labs for inmates enrolled in college courses with Sinclair Community College. She supervised job classifications for inmates, communicated with professors off-site, managed work assignments and completions, and the overall classroom structure and control.

 

Eventually, she accepted a position as a Juvenile Probation Office, beginning her employment with the Fairfield County Juvenile Court as a surveillance and probation officer. She was the only staff-member working second shift. She made unannounced home visits throughout Fairfield County, worked with juvenile warrants, and with law enforcement on the placement of juveniles into secure facilities.

 

Schultz was eventually chosen by the Director of Probation to train with the “Ohio Interstate Compact” as a Field Officer. She worked with the Ohio Intestate Compact Coordinator and Commissioner on out-of-state warrants, missing juveniles, and runaways detained out-of-state. To date, she has assisted in the safe return of six missing and/or runaway juveniles to their home state or back to Ohio.

 

Eventually, a new position became available and Schultz became Lead Probation Officer for Fairfield County Juvenile Court. In her newest role, she supervises the daily operations of the Fairfield County Reporting Center and two additional Probation Officers.

 

In addition, she’s the sole Law Enforcement Liaison for all law enforcement agencies in Fairfield County. Currently, she is working to develop a Reception Center to provide safety and stabilization to youth involved in law enforcement. This program would serve to aid law enforcement as a mediation with delinquent youth.

 

Along with her educational and professional achievements, she has assisted with the Ohio University Lancaster- Law Enforcement Technology’s “LET US HELP” student organization, volunteered at the Kids & Cops day events, and with Ronald McDonald House at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

 

Internationally, Athena Leadership Awards honor professional excellence and community service.  They also recognize female leaders for actively assisting other women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. The Emerging Athena recognizes an up-and-coming community leader for her efforts.