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Alumni Spotlight: Brad J. Waltman '12

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BA Criminal Justice


Bel Air, MD

Current Position

Patrol Officer
Chester Police Department





My Widener Experience

why did you decide to major in criminal justice?

I chose criminal justice as my major because it would give me an opportunity to make a difference in the community. A career in law enforcement was something I wanted to pursue since I was young. Growing up with a father who was in law enforcement and hearing about the benefits of his job helped me realize that this was something I wanted to do.

what made you choose widener?

Widener University was an easy choice for me. I came from a private high school in Baltimore, Maryland that had small class sizes which allowed me to succeed with no distractions. This also allowed me to have more of a one-on-one experience with my teachers. Widener being a small private institution, would give me the same learning experience as I had in high school; one I know I could succeed in. Widener University also gave me the opportunity to be a student athlete. I was a 4-year member of the Widener football team. This gave me the opportunity to represent the university on the athletic field. I knew choosing Widener University would benefit me in the future and that it has.

My Professional Experience

what do you like most about your current position?

There are many things I like about being a police officer in the city of Chester. One, being the opportunity I have to make a difference in the community. Also, removing criminals from the community, ones who put law abiding citizens at risk, is something I enjoy. Bringing the crime rate down in Chester is a goal for the Chester Police Department, and I'm happy that I can be a part of that. Also, my position has given me the opportunity to work with others of different backgrounds. This has helped me learn and understand the struggles people go through.

what advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?

Widener 's criminal justice program gives you the opportunity to intern with numerous departments and organizations. So get involved — in any way you can. Getting a job is very competitive, so any experience you have or connections you can form, will benefit you down the road. Your professors will have many connections who will go above and beyond to help you succeed.