WAXHAW, NC – Officer Keziah is the newest School Resource officer in the Cuthbertson cluster. Although he has been a Union County Sheriff’s officer for eleven years, he spent the first four as a patrol officer, five as the SRO at Parkwood High School and the past two years at CMS.
Things were not always so easy for Justin. After graduating from college in 2009, he could not find a job. His brother and uncle worked for UCSO and suggested he apply for a position with the department. Justin started his career as a 911 dispatcher and within six months realized that he wanted to be on the other end of the transmissions. He entered Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) and was hired as an officer by the UCSO. His first position was working corrections and the courthouse. He then moved to patrol in Indian Trail and finally to his current position as SRO. I asked why he wanted to work for UCSO specifically and he replied “they (UCSO) had more to offer than a single town department. The sheriff knows all of his officers and their families by name.”
Justin may not have followed his college plans, but he has continued to further his educational endeavors. He has completed Crime Prevention through Environmental Design courses which teach how to promote safety and security for schools and buildings. He has also completed Crisis Intervention training.
I guess as anyone spending time in Indian Trail and loving pizza as he does, his favorite place to eat is NY Pizza and Pasta. His hobbies keep him in shape as he enjoys weight lifting and is in the gym at least 4 times a week.
When he is not working or in the gym, he enjoys spending time at the beach, specifically North Myrtle. If he was not Officer Keziah, Justin told me he would love to be a sports broadcaster for ESPN.
Officer Keziah’s Community tip is to lock your car, even if it is in your driveway, and don’t leave valuables in sight.