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.


Owls in Serivce

Ricky Bethel, Sergeant

Sergeant 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.


Chelsea John-Williams, Lieutenant

Lieutenant 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, Lieutenant 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. Lieutenant John-Williams currently leads the training division, is a RAD instructor, and Field Training Officer.


Victoria Griffin, Records Manager

Victoria Griffin joined Florida Atlantic University’s Police Department in 2014 as a student intern, where she quickly learned how to manage police records. Ms. Griffin graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. While pursuing her degree, Ms. Griffin was an active member in Florida Atlantic University Greek life, where she served as Vice President for her organization. A double Owl, Ms. Griffin received her Masters in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business. In addition to managing the Records Division, Ms. Griffin oversees agency grants, federal crime data, and hosts a student intern program during the Fall and Spring semesters.


Omar Jabiles, Lieutenant

Lieutenant 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. Lieutenant 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 Team Officer, specializing in dealing with people with mental illnesses. He then returned to FAU Police in 2017, becoming a Rape Aggression Defense Instructor, FTO, and Recruitment Team Member. He was promoted in 2018 to Sergeant and Field Training Coordinator, supervising the night shift. In 2021, he was promoted to Lieutenant, now overseeing the Bureau of Investigations as Commander of Internal Affairs, Crime Intelligence/Cyber Analyst, Evidence Unit, Field Training Program, and Threat Assessment Team.


Amber Raffa, Police Communications Operator

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 has been working here since November 2017.