Kelsey Koonse and Paige Williams haven’t spent this summer in the typical fashion that most 21 and 19 year old college students do. Instead of working a summer job and hanging out with friends at the pool all day, they hung out with my Command Staff and I in daily meetings, riding along with officers, observing the various units of the police department, training with the Tactical Unit, and conducting research for a comparative analysis of crime, demographic, and economic trends of Overland Park. Most internship’s are part of a curriculum requirement or involve pay. Paige and Kelsey voluntarily took this summer’s opportunity to get a closer look at the inner workings of a law enforcement agency and observe the business and professional environment that occurs on a daily basis.
Paige Williams is a graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School and attended Kansas University in 2009 before transferring back to Johnson County Community College due to a change in majors. She plans on attaining degrees in Criminal Justice and Liberal Arts and hopes to have a career in police work. Paige likes swimming, shopping, movies and listening to Christian rock music. She also enjoys antiques and works part time at a local antique store. Paige notes in addition to her work accomplishments at OPPD this summer, she did get a “radical” new haircut.
Kelsey Koonse is a graduate of Blue Valley West High School and will be a senior at Kansas State University this fall, majoring in Criminology. In addition to her studies at KSU, she works with the Riley County Police Department’s repeat offenders program. Kelsey also hopes to have a career in law enforcement. She is a figure skater and rides a motorcycle and also paints and draws. As noted from the over 100 graphs and charts she and Paige compiled, she likes the colors turquoise and KSU purple, much to the dismay of this KU alum. Both women have done a great job of obtaining, analyzing, and organizing information for a presentation that will occur in the near future. We offer our thanks and best wishes to both as they return to school this fall.
Chief John M. Douglass