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.
Officer Bethel is an FAU Alumnus from Boynton Beach, FL. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. He received an Associate of Science and an Associate of Arts Degree from Pasadena City College and came to Florida Atlantic University on a full athletic scholarship for football. Officer Bethel was a starting cornerback for the 2006 football season where he received the honor of Most Improved Player. Prior to joining our team, Officer Bethel served as a State of Florida Correctional Probation Officer for over six years.
Patrick Garmon is an FAU Alumnus from South Florida. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. While pursuing his degree, Patrick served our Department as a Community Service Officer for nearly 3 years and was an active member of the American Criminal Justice Association Lambda Alpha Epsilon. In his career here at Florida Atlantic University, Patrick has distinguished himself within the Florida Atlantic University Police Department in many capacities. He has served as the Community Service Officer Program Director, Police Communications Officer and Police Communications Manager, Systems Programmer, Coordinator of Computer Applications and is now heading the the Florida Atlantic University Department of Public Safety Security Technology division.
Officer John-Williams is an FAU Alumna from South Florida. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. She began her career with the Florida Atlantic University Police Department in the Community Service Program where she distinguished herself as a Field Training Officer for the program. After graduating from the Broward College Police Academy, Officer John-Williams joined the Florida Atlantic University Police Department as a Police Officer. She is the first in her family to serve in the law enforcement community.
Victoria Leo is an FAU Alumna from South Florida. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology and Certificate in Women’s Studies. She began her career with the Florida Atlantic University Police Department as a student intern where she quickly learned how to manage police records. While pursuing her degree, Victoria was an active member in Florida Atlantic University Greek life, where she served as Vice President for her organization. After graduation, Victoria joined the Florida Atlantic University Police Department full-time as a Records Assistant.
Officer Picotte is an FAU Alumnus from South Florida. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a double major in Criminal Justice and Public Safety Administration. In addition, Officer Picotte minored in Public Management and Sociology. While attending Florida Atlantic University, he served the Police Department as a Community Service Office for nearly three years, where he was awarded the honor of CSO on the Year during his tenure. Officer Picotte graduated from the Broward College Police Academy where he served as Class President. He was also recipient of the Frankie Shivers Award.
Officer 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. Officer Ponce served the Florida Atlantic University Police Department as a Community Service Officer Program 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.
Danny Whilden is an FAU Alumnus from Lake Worth, FL, having graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2016 with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Safety Administration. Danny began his interest in public safety as an Explorer with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Explorer Program where he volunteered more than 2,000 hours of community service. He served as the Post President during his tenure with the program and is a former President of the Florida Sheriff's Explorer Association. Danny Whilden began his career with the Florida Atlantic University Police Department in 2010 as a Community Service Officer. In 2013, he was offered a full-time position as a Police Communications Operator. Danny now oversees the department's social media platforms and websites as Social Media Specialist. Danny is also an active reservist of the United States Armed Forces in the Florida Army National Guard. Throughout his military career, he has been awarded the Army Achievement Medal, Florida Commendation Medal, the Florida Meritorious Service Ribbon, in addition to numerous other accolades. He is also a graduate of the United States Army Air Assault Course. His most recent accomplishment is being promoted to Sergeant. Danny is now enrolled in a Graduate Program with the FAU College of Business, where he is pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA).