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By Randy Pierce
Following the lead of her older brother in pursuing a career in law enforcement, Jordyn Besserman was sworn in as one of four new patrol officers for the City of Fairview Heights Police Department on Tuesday evening, April 25.
Born in Maryville and spending most of her childhood years growing up in Troy, Besserman is a 2019 graduate of Triad High School who said sibling Jake, who is currently employed by the Collinsville Police Department, was a major source of inspiration for her to decide to go into law enforcement.
Originally aiming at becoming a prison psychologist, Besserman will graduate soon from Missouri Baptist University near St. Louis with a bachelor of science degree in behavioral health. Her future plans while engaging in police work include pursuing a masters degree and a doctorate in an area related to psychology and criminal justice.
Besserman has been an accomplished soccer player since childhood, earning recognition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for many outstanding performances on the field including once when she scored six goals on eight shots and accumulated 12 points in a single game.
Along with having aspirations to become a police officer from a very young age to the present, Besserman said her love of soccer may lead her to a coaching position at some point in her life.
Upon being sworn into her current position by Fairview Heights City Clerk Karen Kaufhold, Besserman was directed by the chief of police there, Steve Johnson, to use a hand-held radio to call into to report that she was “in service” to a telecommunicator who responded with best wishes and the advice to “be safe and professional throughout your entire career.”
After completing a course in law enforcement at the Southwestern Illinois College Police Academy in Belleville, Besserman will receive orientation in Fairview Heights law enforcement procedures by experiencing a program of field training with another officer for several weeks locally before beginning patrol duties on her own.