Alumni Story


Michael Reese ’16

Meet alumnus Michael Reese (pictured left), a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. In this Q&A article, Michael reflects back on his career and Saint Leo experience.

Michael Reese

Tell me about your job and what you do.
I’m a police officer in Washington, D.C. Currently, I’m assigned to the First District Crime Suppression/Vice Office (CST). My unit is tasked with gun and narcotic investigations as well as violent crime.

How did your major help you in your career?
My major played a pretty big role in my field. I participated in the Pasco-Hernando State Police Academy that was offered to Saint Leo criminal justice majors. The criminal justice program helped to put a lot of things in perspective so I would be prepared for the job.

What would you say is one career or personal milestone that you are most proud of achieving?
I’m definitely proud of being assigned to the CST office in 2018. In the same year, I obtained an officer achievement award and got assigned to the office. Last winter, I was able to aid in a multi-jurisdiction pursuit of four violent offenders. Although I’m happy to be out of school, some of the instructors at the Pasco state academy were great driving instructors!

If a graduate wanted to follow a similar career path, knowing what you know now, are there a few specific pieces of advice you could share?
I would just remind them that this career field is very demanding, but rewarding. If you are going to do it, make sure that it is something you are passionate about.

What is your favorite thing about Saint Leo?
My favorite thing about Leo? A lot of things come to mind, but I will forever cherish the lifelong friends I made.


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