Meet Ohio's first Egyptian-Muslim female police sergeant

“Being in uniform is absolutely the best job on the planet and also the most fulfilling," Sgt. Sarah Shendy said

By Sarah Roebuck

CLEVELAND — Sarah Shendy has dedicated her life to law enforcement for more than 15 years. On May 24, she achieved yet another milestone: becoming Ohio's first Egyptian-Muslim female police sergeant.

WEWS reports Shendy was sworn in with the Case Western Reserve University Police Department.

“This department has phenomenal culture, and it really values diversity, leadership and the advancement of women of law enforcement," Shendy told WEWS. “Being in uniform is absolutely the best job on the planet and also the most fulfilling. We get the chance, the opportunity and the privilege to be part of people’s story.”

Before her newly sworn position, Shendy was part of the force with Copley Township police. In addition to her tenure with Copley Township, she was appointed by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine as the inaugural director of the state's Office of Law Enforcement and Recruitment. Emphasizing campus safety, she highlighted it as a key focus in her communication with students.

Shendy said her parents were a big part of her success and said she will continue to share her message of diversity, determination and self-belief with the younger generations on campus. 

NEXT: Policing in the 21st century and our search for meaning by Sarah Shendy

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