My Summer Experience: Casey Greene
Internship with the U.S. Marshals
My Summer Experience
Casey Greene, Senior
Criminal Justice Major
Since I was a freshman in high school, I knew I wanted to be a U.S. Marshal. Law enforcement is my calling in life. I feel that protecting the community against those who break the law is the most fulfilling and rewarding career. I know the Marshal Service is where I want to be due to the unique challenge of hunting down individuals who will do anything not to be caught.
This summer I was able to dive deeper into the Marshal Service by completing a 480 hour internship. During these long weeks I was able to learn and do more than I had ever thought. The typical day was spent in the Dayton U.S. Marshal office transporting prisoners from the local jails to their court hearings, booking in new arrests, and working on collecting new information on locations of defendants who have federal warrants out for their arrest.
The in-office days were always different and interesting, but the days spent out of the office were some of the most eye opening experiences. Not only have I known for a long time that I want to be a U.S. Marshal, but I have known I want to specialize in sex crimes and sex offenders. This summer Montgomery County completed their first annual sex offender compliance check. During a week of 12-hour days, our team was able to knock on 700 registered sex offender doors to make sure they were following all rules and regulations. It was a long week, but it allowed me to learn even more about the U. S. Marshals who oversee registered sex offenders and why it is an extremely necessary job.
Most days spent out of the office were spent with the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team or SOFAST. SOFAST is a team comprised of U.S. Marshals and other representatives from local agencies such as Dayton Police and parole officers. It's the job of SOFAST to be out on the streets of southern Ohio every day apprehending individuals who have warrants for their arrest. There were days we only arrested two people and days we arrested 10 people. Every day we were searching for different people in different locations. No day was ever the same.
While out of the office and working on the streets of Montgomery County, I saw how different life can be. I grew up in a stable home in a great community, while the vast majority of individuals we took into custody lived in extremely poor conditions with little to no amenities. It was often as if I had stepped into a different world.
Out of all the arrests made this summer there is one that stands out to me. Toward the end of my internship, we had a warrant for a middle-aged woman. When we arrived at her apartment and took her into custody we saw she had two very young children. With no father or other family in the picture, the responsibility of child care fell on a neighbor. As we escorted the defendant out of her home sobbing for her children, I finally saw how our justice system is not equipped to deal with the children who are unfortunately negatively affected by the life choices made by their parents.
When you look at the world through the eyes of law enforcement, it's often a different picture from what the average citizen sees. This picture is dark and unpleasant. When you are out on the street arresting individuals or transporting inmates every day, you are seeing a part of society many refuse to see. Seeing the unattractive part of society the entire summer made me appreciate how much I truly have. I have amazing parents, a wonderful fiancé, the support of an entire sorority, and a great education. This is more than the defendants and inmates I interacted with every day could ever dream of.
My summer was spent with an amazing group of U.S. Marshals who have taught me more about myself than I ever thought was possible. I learned not only from my surroundings, but also from one of the most amazing deputies I have ever met, Deputy U.S. Marshal Emily Chaney. She showed me that women can do the exact same duties a man can do in law enforcement. Some may look at me and question my ability to hunt down individuals who don't want to be found, but the past 480 hours have shown me that I have what it takes.