Owls in Service
The Florida Atlantic University Police Department is proud to actively participate in recruiting graduates of Florida Atlantic University following their tenure with us as student employees. Students at Florida Atlantic University have the opportunity to train and work for our Department through our Community Service Officer (CSO) and internship programs. These rigorous and highly competitive programs work together with the University and the Police Department to offer students experience working both in the field and in the Police Department. These programs offer students a chance to take their education from the theoretical to the practical, creating in demand graduates.
Many of our student employees and interns join our department as full-time employees following their graduation from FAU. We are proud of the personnel that we have been able to recruit from these prestigious programs.
Detective Jonathan Ponce is an FAU Alumnus from South Florida. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Detective Ponce served the Florida Atlantic University Police Department as a Community Service Officer for over a year and then transitioned into a full time position as a Police Communications Officer. Jonathan credits these positions as having helped him grow as an individual and as a valuable citizen of the Florida Atlantic University community. Upon graduating from Florida Atlantic University, Officer Ponce attended and graduated from the Broward College Police Academy and is now part of our team as a full time Police Officer. He also serves as the LGBTQ Liaison for the University.
Sergeant Omar Jabiles is an FAU Alumnus. He graduated in the year 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts with dual majors in Criminal Justice and Psychology. He began with FAUPD as a Community Service Officer (CSO) in 2005 while he was still studying at FAU. Sergeant Jabiles also became a Field Training Officer (FTO) with the CSO program, training new CSO’s. After his graduation, he worked with the Miami Gardens Police Department as a Community Service Aide, and worked as a Police Officer for 5 years. He became an FTO, and a Crisis Intervention Training Officer, specializing in dealing with people with mental illnesses. Now that he has returned to FAU Police, he has become a Rape Aggression Defense Instructor, FTO, and has been promoted to Sergeant.
Officer Kirk is an FAU Alumnus with a major in Criminal Justice. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University back in 2015. Fun Fact: he was the FAU Football Team Captain from 2013 to 2014. Furthermore, he started off as an Undrafted Free Agent for the Arizona Cardinals in 2015, and then began his career in Law Enforcement in the spring of 2017. Finally, he began working as an officer here at the Florida Atlantic Police Department in the summer of 2018.
Ariel McGirt is an FAU Alumna from Sarasota Florida. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Certificate in Women’s Studies. She began her career with the Florida Atlantic University Police Department in February 2018 as the Chief’s Assistant to Chief Sean Brammer. While pursuing her degree at FAU Ariel was an Student Athlete as member in Florida Atlantic University Track and Field program. As well a member of the organization Circle K where she volunteer her time and serve the Boca Raton community. While Ariel was a student here at Florida Atlantic University she met her husband Quinton McGirt whom is also a FAU Alumni and is a serving the Miramar community as a Law Enforcement officer. Together they have a son Tyler who will one day be a Florida Atlantic University Alumni as well.
Amber Raffa is an FAU Alumna. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Raffa interned with FAU PD Victim services in her last semester. While assisting the advocate she got the chance to speak with students on campus about many important topics. Most importantly, she made sure students were aware that there were resources available to them if they are ever in needed. Once she graduated, Raffa got the opportunity to join the Communications Department at Florida Atlantic University’s Police Department and had been working here since November 2017.
Ajah Richards is an FAU Alumna from New York. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in the year 2017 with a Master’s in Business Administration at the young age of 21. She also has a bachelor’s degree is International Business. Richards began working at FAUPD in March 2018. While on campus she was involved in many student-registered organizations such as Women Empowerment Club, National Council of Negro Women and Alpha Kappa Psi Co-Ed Business Professional Fraternity Inc. Currently she is the faculty advisor for Alpha Kappa Psi.