Leo Dylewski is a member of Marist's online MPA Class of 2016. He received a BS in Community and Human Services from SUNY Empire State College and is currently employed by the City of Peekskill Police Department at the rank of Sergeant.
Tell us about your work history before Marist, including years of experience, industry, companies, and positions.
Prior to attending Marist, I was a patrol officer for the City of Peekskill for 13 years. I had worked anti-crime as well as community policing but the bulk of my career was spent working the patrol division. In 2004 I became a DARE Officer, 2005 a certified Juvenile Officer, 2008 a GREAT Officer and 2011 President of the Westchester County Youth Officer’s Association.
What are your career goals?
To advance my career in law enforcement as far as possible and to teach criminal justice and/or public administration as an adjunct.
Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Marist?
Marist has an impeccable reputation in regard to education. I know several people who had received their MPA from Marist. It was also convenient and affordable.
Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development:
All the courses were meaningful and useful to my professional development. The capstone, however, was the most beneficial. It brought the entire curriculum together and required students to apply all they had learned throughout the program.
How has a degree from Marist and your course work enhanced your career?
During my studies at Marist, I was promoted to Sergeant. It has allowed me to have access and input into policies and issues within my agency. It has allowed me to be able to think more as an administrator and understand issues from a management point of view. The education I received from Marist will most definitely allow me to advance my career in law enforcement.
While studying for my degree, I also became President of the State of New York Police Juvenile Officer’s Association. My training and experience from Marist have also proved to be extremely beneficial for both the organization and myself.
What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist?
I highly recommend the program. The professors are incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. An MPA from Marist is well respected in the government and nonprofit world and will be helpful to anyone who attends this program.
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Alumni
Major: MPA - Public Administration
Academic School: Management