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Ohio Law Enforcement Recruitment Director Named to IACP 40 Under 40 List

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) announced today that Sarah Shendy, director of the Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment and a 14-year police officer at Copley Police Department, was named as a 40 Under 40 Award recipient for 2022.

The 40 Under 40 Award program recognizes 40 international law enforcement professionals under the age of 40 from around the world who demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to their profession. IACP will officially celebrate and honor award winners Oct. 17 at its annual conference and exposition in Dallas.

“I’m honored to receive this award,” said Shendy. “I also want to thank Governor Mike DeWine for having the confidence in me to take on this critical role two years ago.”

Governor DeWine launched the Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment in 2020 to assist local law enforcement agencies in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. Shendy and her colleagues develop and share best practices on the hiring of candidates who are best suited for the law enforcement profession. The office also assists agencies that are working to hire more minorities and women and encourage these populations to explore a law enforcement career.

Shendy, a Muslim-American whose family came to the U.S. from Egypt when she was 6 years old, has made extraordinary strides for women and minorities and community-police relations while serving in law enforcement. She was one of 16 members selected by former Attorney General Mike DeWine to serve as a panelist evaluating the training, certification, and advancement of law enforcement officers in Ohio. She also served as a subject-matter expert for the Community Diversity and Procedural Justice Committee with the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.

Shendy holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice with a focus on global issues and juvenile justice. Her cultural and religious knowledge in Muslim and Middle Eastern populations also prepared her to serve as the Copley Police Department’s Terrorism Liaison Officer.

She designed and facilitated a training for law enforcement officers and other public service employees on more effective ways to interact with Middle Eastern populations. This course includes a large segment on the Muslim religion and continues to be utilized as a training resource in Ohio and in other states.

The Ohio Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment operates out of the Office of Criminal Justice Services within the Ohio Department of Public Safety.