- Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - When Sgt. Laverne Glenn’s classmates see her, they are sometimes surprised that she’s wearing a Nicholls State University Police uniform.

Being both an officer and a student helps Glenn, 43, relate to troubles such as getting decals and paying fees, she said. The Gibson resident also been able to explain procedures, where to get information and how to schedule classes to first-time students and parents who did not attend college.

However, Glenn said she’s never responded to a criminal complaint involving a classmate.

“Thank God for that ‘cause that would be weird,” she said. “I wouldn’t know how to act in that situation. I have a job to perform, and I’m going to do my job, but for me to sit in the classroom after that, I wouldn’t know.”

Glenn said she started out working as a monitor at the Student Union, locking up the building and supervising student employees, while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. She wanted something different, so when a dispatcher position became available at the campus police station, she took it.

“At the time it was 6-6,” she said. “I would get off at 6 in the morning, go home, make sure my kids were good, come back to school without sleeping, stay up ‘til maybe 2 or 3 depending on how many classes I had, go home, pick (the kids) up from my mom’s house, make sure they were good, help them with their homework, take a shower, and I was back at work if I had to work. I had to do what I had to do for my kids. The more I stayed, the more I liked it.”

She eventually became head dispatcher and Training, Advising and Counseling officer. In 2013, she graduated from the police academy, and she completed her bachelor’s degree the following year.

Now, in addition to her other roles, Glenn serves over the parking division.

She’s also working on her master’s of education degree and was recently admitted to Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She works 12-hour shifts and is enrolled in online classes for the summer.

Angelle Hebert, one of Glenn’s professors, said she has always gone above and beyond in her coursework and around campus.

“She is amazing - very, very hardworking and very personable,” Hebert said. “She’s willing to go the extra mile for anybody. A perfectionist, wonderful work ethic.”

Despite her busy schedule, Glenn makes time for herself and her family, however. Not a “going out” person, she prefers attending church, getting her hair and nails done, and having game and movie nights with her husband and two children, who also attend Nicholls.

The family also enjoys bowling, having cookouts and going on vacations.

Glenn said one of the reasons she’s stayed in law enforcement is that she enjoys helping others.

“It’s not always about locking people up,” she said. “Some people just need help. … I’ve got two children in college, so I would want someone to extend the same hand that I’m extending to other people. They’re good kids now, but I don’t know what the future holds and I would want somebody to be fair with them.”

Glenn said the purpose in getting her master’s degree is to broaden her horizons.

“I may want to be a police officer all my life. Who knows?” she said. “Wherever God leads me, I’m going to listen. But if I’m able to do all of this while I’m here, that’s what I’m going to do. I always did (want to teach), and I may one day want to open up my own facility for kids. I may want to be a principal. … The older ones, some of them need guidance, and some of them don’t get it from home.”

She said faith helps her manage her busy life.

“I put God first,” she said. “God is the head of my life. I pray a lot, and I cry a lot. It’s hard sometimes when I get overwhelmed, especially being a wife, a mother, a police officer, running parking, making sure everybody in here is good. … I’m on top of my game, and I pray that God keeps me and gives me the strength to continue doing what I’m doing.”

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Information from: Daily Comet, http://www.dailycomet.com

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