Officer Ashley Kozlowski
Coral Springs Police Officer – 6.5 Years
Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology, Florida Atlantic University
Prior Experience – Victim Advocate Internship, Chemical Dependency Counseling Internship and Youth Group Home Volunteer
Experience with CSPD – Road Patrol, Youth Liaison Officer, RAD Instructor (Rape, Aggression, Defense)
Why did you pursue a career in Law Enforcement?
I have always had a passion for helping others. Initially my degree in psychology led me to an internship as a Victim Advocate with another police agency, counseling victims of violent crimes. While working at that police department, I gained a true understanding of what a police officer's job function was. I realized that I would have so many more opportunities to help the community on a regular basis if I became a law enforcement officer. The fact that police work brings different challenges everyday was also very appealing.
Why did you choose to work for the Coral Springs Police Department?
The Coral Springs Police Department has a fantastic reputation. During my initial application phase, I interviewed many officers and no matter what agency they worked for, mostly all of them said CSPD was the best!
What is your favorite part of the job?
The department has given me the opportunity to be an instructor for RAD, (Rape Aggression Defense). RAD teaches females in our community self-defense moves to protect themselves in dangerous situations. I am proud to be a part of a program that could potentially save someone's life one day.
What do you like to do outside of work to alleviate the stress encountered on the job?
I love to exercise. I enjoy a variety of different activities from running, weight and circuit training, kick-boxing, and boot camp.
As a female officer do you have any words of encouragement or advice for prospective female applicants about becoming a police officer?
Male and female officers respond to the same types of calls, and are expected to react to the same physical demands. I never considered my gender as a possible roadblock to a career that I was determined to excel in.