Sarah Shendy , 40 under 40

Sarah Shendy

Officer, Copley Police Department, Ohio

Officer Sarah Shendy currently serves in two especially important roles in the policing profession. She is a police officer with the Copley Police Department as well as the director of the newly created Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment (OLER) within the Department of Public Safety in Ohio. OLER is the first of its kind in the United States—no other state has an office that helps local municipalities in the selection, hiring, and recruitment of police officers 

Officer Shendy is dedicated to empowering other women in law enforcement to reach their full potential. She now leads bimonthly informal book discussions/mentoring sessions with other women in law enforcement or those aspiring to a career in the profession on topics around leadership and perseverance. She is also a mentor for a female college student who is participating in a newly created college to law enforcement pathway program. Because of her work and commitment to community policing, Officer Shendy was selected to serve on the Ohio Attorney General‘s advisory group on police training and was chosen as the chair of the community policing committee, where she directed initiatives for basic police academies that would enhance community-police relations. 

Officer Shendy has been recognized for the work she has done in her community and throughout the state of Ohio. She was nominated as a hometown hero by the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent, and she was selected by Ohio’s governor, Mike DeWine, to be the first director for the Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment.  


“I want to be an example for every little girl, especially girls from minority communities. Representation matters.”  



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