My Spartan Success with Michael Paris!


When did you graduate and what was your major?

I graduated STAC in the Spring of 2015 and I majored in Criminal Justice.

How did you hear about your current job?

After the Police Academy (Rockland County Police Academy), I interviewed at many police departments in Orange and Rockland Counties. I heard about this job opening through Chief Barbera who is also a professor at STAC.

Can you explain the Interview Process?

Going on interviews for police departments can be stressful. My best advice would be to stay calm and put on your best suit. It’s important to look and act professional at all times. You should have a copy of your resume attached with a copy of an application for the position you are seeking. Answer all questions honestly and be yourself. The initial interview is just the beginning of many interviews for that particular department so its also very important to stay consistent when answering questions.

Can you tell me a little about the position?

I currently work for the Rockland County Sheriffs Office Mounted Unit. We are a special unit within the Sheriffs Office. The unit was founded in 1962. We are one of very few Mounted Units left in NY State as well as in the U.Ş.

Can you share some of your current responsibilities?

As a Mounted Police Officer we do a lot of community policing. That can entail many events including different youth academies around the county as well as schools and camps. Our main function is crowd control, you can see us at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Pearl River as well as at many events in the county that draw a large crowd. The mounted unit also patrols county parks and the bar scene on the weekends in Haverstraw, Pearl River, Nyack, etc.

Did you have an internship before this position and how useful was the internship?

I had an internship with the Rockland County Sheriff‘s Office my senior year when I was a student at STAC. The internship really opened my mind about what this department has to offer and confirmed my decision on why I wanted to become a police officer.

Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway?

Prior to going on interviews for this department, the Career Development office at STAC helped me polish my resume to look professional and neat.

What is your favorite aspect of the position and can you give an example of what has been your favorite experience so far?

The Rockland County Sheriffs Unit is an elite unit among many. Not only do we have to be capable of riding horses but we also have to perform our job as police officers. My first major event as a Mounted Police Officer was United Latino Day in Haverstraw NY. This event draws large crowds, lots of loud music and food. Our main goal is to keep the crowds under control as well as having a role in community policing.

What advice do you have for other STAC students looking for a job or internship?

If an internship with any department is available through STAC, take full advantage of it. It will help advance your career once you graduate and it will be a great experience. When it comes to applying for the position of police officer my best advice is to be patient.

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