Today, we are thrilled to introduce Shanitra Hood. She inspires us at JAR to continue to support the John A. Reisenbach Memorial Scholarship program at John Jay College and our other non-profit partners.
Shanitra details her incredible achievements as a John Jay Scholar:
My name is Shanitra Hood, and I am currently a New York City Police Officer who has completed over 6 years of service with the department. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York were I currently reside. During my 6 with the department, from June 2012 to January 2014 I was assigned to the Transit Brooklyn Impact, where I performed train patrols in parts of Brooklyn north and Brooklyn south. In January 2014, I was transferred and currently assigned to Transit Homeless Outreach, which is now known as the Homeless Outreach Unit. The overall mission of the Homeless Outreach Unit is to provide assistance to homeless individuals in need of various services. The Homeless Outreach Unit patrols citywide and addresses homeless conditions on New York City streets, parks, and the subway system. The Homeless Outreach Unit responds to calls for service throughout the city and assists, refers or transports homeless individuals to shelter intake centers, 24-hour drop-in centers or hospitals.
I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from John Jay in the Fall of 2014. In May of 2017, I obtained an Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. I recently completed a Master’s degree at John Jay College in the field of Criminal Justice Spring of 2018, with a concentration in Police Administration. In addition to my Masters, I also completed an Advanced Certificate in Criminal Investigation. I am a member of Alpha Phi Sigma honor society which is one of the largest Criminal Justice honor societies in the United States. I am the first Police Officer in my family, however I come from a family of scholars. In the Fall of 2017, I was awarded an academic scholarship from the Reisenbach foundation. Receiving this scholarship been both an honor and a privilege. The funding I received from the Reisenbach Foundation allowed me to complete an additional certification in Criminal Investigation while also completing my Master’s degree. I believe my course of study can be both an asset to the department as well as the community. I can use my course of study to help with crime prevention strategies, help improve counterterrorism training, and lastly continue to build relationships with the community we serve.