VETERAN TO LAW ENFORCEMENT STUDENT SAMANTHA HOLMES
Samantha Holmes is a member of the Army Reserve and was stationed in Afghanistan from 2010-2011 as a Psychological Operations Specialist. During her deployment the idea of pursuing a law enforcement career began to interest her. Upon her return to the U.S., she decided to use the Post 911 GI Bill to pursue an education in law enforcement.
However, Holmes had a unique experience in her last year at HTC. “It was very interesting,” she said, laughing. “I found out I was pregnant when I started the last half of the SKILLS program and gave birth four weeks after graduation. It turned heads, that’s for sure!”
How can someone who’s pregnant handle the skills part of the law enforcement program? Holmes is grateful to HTC for helping her find a way. “I’m just very thankful they let me continue in the program even though I was pregnant,” she said. “Everyone was very encouraging and supportive. No one ever suggested I couldn’t do it.” There were adjustments as she still had to pass the firearms training and self-defense, but in the latter, she was allowed to take others down, but no one was allowed to take her down.
She’s also grateful for the education she received, regardless of pregnancy. “The instructors were very knowledgeable,” she said. “They advanced you as an individual. They didn’t just push you through as a group. It was a very personalized program.”
Her ultimate goal would combine her passion for law enforcement with her love for horses as she has worked on a horse ranch in the past. She would love to get a job on a mounted patrol unit. “You can’t apply for that program without an education,” she said.
She has put off applying for jobs due to military obligations. She’s ready to try again within the metro area although she’d like to move to Houston, Texas. After all, they have one of the largest mounted patrol units in the country.
Last updated by jhanson : 2016-07-27 11:15:11