Julie has been with the Columbus (Indiana) Police Department since 2005. In 2014, she began her role as a School Resource Officer. Julie currently serves as Sergeant/Supervisor for SROs and is the President of the Indiana School Resource Officers Association (INSROA). Prior to serving as President, Julie served in multiple capacities on the INSROA Board; during her tenure, she established the INSROA Accreditation Program, has led multiple record-setting conferences, and she rewrote the by-laws of the organization. In addition to Julie’s distinguished service with INSROA, she is a NASRO instructor and has excelled in training SROs across the country.
Julie is a highly sought-after leader of school safety in Indiana where she has presented at the Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy, Indiana School Safety Conference, and the NASRO National School Safety Conference. As a result of her work, Julie has received numerous awards from a variety of organizations, but she is most proud of being awarded the 2020 NASRO Region 5 Exceptional Service Award.
In 2006, Julie began teaching DARE in the Bartholomew County School District and fell in love with teaching youth and engaging them in the school setting. In her community, she was one of the first two officers to be assigned to the 18 schools in the district. Julie excelled in her role and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where she now supervises the entire SRO team. She believes carefully-selected, specifically-trained, properly equipped SROs change lives and shape communities.
A large portion of her career has been dedicated to efforts in bridging the gap between law enforcement and youth. She is passionate about ensuring SROs have the tools to be successful in this very impactful role. Education and training are critical components of any successful SRO program as we are afforded the opportunity to influence our most precious demographic: Our kids.
Julie holds an Associate of Science in Law Enforcement from Vincennes University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Indiana State University.
She has a 10-year-old son, Wyatt, and a 13-year-old daughter, Halle. In her free time, Julie enjoys fishing, long endurance sports and is an Ironman Triathlete.