The new man on the force
When Shawn McMenomy looks back at his career as a police officer he want to know that he gave it his best effort and did something positive.
As he starts with the Rosemount Police Department the 25-year-old Hastings native said he plans to serve the department with that goal in mind.
"I like the idea of helping people and helping better the quality of the community," said McMenomy of why he went into the field.
McMenomy knows first had the impact police can have in a community. His father served on the Hasting Police Department for 30 years. McMenomy said watching his father and how he conducted himself in the community influenced his decision to become a police officer.
"It definitely gave me a different view and it played a huge role in my pursuit of this career," said McMenomy.
After graduating from Hastings High School McMenomy attended Minnesota State University at Mankato. While in college he held several part time security jobs to get experience in the field.
Prior to graduating from MSU in 2009, McMenomy worked as a park ranger for Dakota County and then as a correctional officer for the county. Throughout that time he has applied for police department jobs.
McMenomy said he's looking forward to working for the city of Rosemount and hopes to be there for people when they need him. McMenomy started with department May 17.
He will work as a patrol officer when he get done with training. He should complete training sometime in September.