Tiffany Hamann – Criminal Justice 2013
What makes people do what they do? That question has always intrigued Tiffany Hamann, especially when it comes to criminal behavior. Although she originally came to Mount Ida to study dental hygiene she soon knew that she’d be happier pursuing a degree in the criminal justice program instead.
“I grew up in Newton and always had a passion for helping people. Coupling that with my wanting to know what made people tick, pursuit of a career in law enforcement made perfect sense.”
Tiffany interned with the Newton Police department in the detective bureau, working alongside a sergeant who brought her along to help process crime scenes and to interview victims and witnesses. “I liked the behind-the-scenes work detectives do and how they get to investigate and follow the leads.”
Tiffany found a job at a local bank and once she graduated, she was promoted to the security office dealing with money laundering and fraud. “I discovered I liked the investigative aspect and made it my long term goal to become an investigator or detective.”
Today she’s a certified sexual assault investigator and works with detectives on cases and is enjoying a satisfying career.
When she looks back at her Mount Ida experience, there was plenty to keep her busy and intrigued. She played on the softball team all four years, was part of the criminal justice club and studied abroad in Australia for a semester. “I learned a lot when I studied in Australia. Leaving the country on my own was a big help in learning more about myself. It was a great experience that made me reach out and try new things.”
Her best advice for anyone wanting to follow in her footsteps is to do anything that makes you appealing to a hiring board. “The field is super competitive, so having an experience or training will definitely help.”