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October 02, 2019 : Detective-To-Be: Ohio University Lancaster Student Carves Her Path

by Dylan James

maria polancoWhen not selling tickets at COSI or tackling assignments as a marketing assistant at Ohio University Lancaster, freshman Maria Polanco is in the classroom pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement Technology. Next stop she anticipates is a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, and from there, walking up the steps of police academy.


Some people dreamt of becoming actors when they were younger, astronauts, musicians, athletes too, but Polanco has always dreamt differently. “I want to ultimately become a detective.” Polanco says. “I don’t know what kind yet—I’m thinking homicide. Since I was a little kid, I’ve always wanted to be a detective. And I can’t see myself doing anything else.”


A recent graduate of Bishop Hartley High School, Polanco is 4 weeks into her first semester at Ohio University Lancaster and so far she’s enjoying the experience. “I like that Ohio University Lancaster is not too big—I don’t think that I would’ve been able to do a huge university. I like the community here, making friends so far, and overall I think it’s cool.”


The Law Enforcement Technology program at Ohio University Lancaster is designed for in-service law enforcement personnel and those seeking a career in law enforcement. The professional training and credit that Polanco receives through this program may be applied to the Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice that she aims to pursue, too. The Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice is also available at Ohio University Lancaster.


Polanco is motivated, optimistic and eager as her college experience is underway, and through the instruction that Ohio University Lancaster provides combined with her own dedication, her lifelong dream of becoming a detective is sure to be reality in no time.


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