A Former Journalist’s Second Career: Police Officer

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Officer Stephanie Schendel. Photo by Amy Radil

Stephanie Schendel loved her job as a print journalist because, she says, ‘You got crazy stories out of it.”

Now, she occupies what she calls the “front-row seat” to those stories—as a cop.

Schendel decided to switch careers last year because she wanted to do something “pro-active.” After graduating from Washington State’s police academy, she began working patrol as a rookie police officer in Bellevue, Wa., five months ago.

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