Sisters Ellie Williams (nee Wood) (STM ’10) and Lindsey Wood (STM ’13) have fulfilled their dreams of becoming police officers, and are now the first sisters to work as officers at the Kenosha Police Department.
Lindsey (STM ’13) and Ellie (STM ’10)
at Ellie’s swearing in ceremony
Becoming police officers is a long and difficult process, and the road that led the Wood sisters there began at a young age. “Our parents instilled certain morals and ethics in us and always taught us to do the right thing,” said Lindsey. “I wanted to help those who couldn’t help themselves.”
Helping people, along with guaranteed diversity of each work day, is appealing as well. “I knew I could never be content sitting behind a desk all day,” Ellie explained. “Also, I’ve always been intrigued by the mystery behind crimes and the criminals that commit said crimes. I’m definitely that person binge watching true crime documentaries.”
Both sisters know that their time at STM helped shape them into the type of dedicated and hardworking people that being a police officer requires. “STM really helped me better my foundation of possessing a solid moral compass that I could rely on in a very customer service-oriented field,” said Ellie. “And, I definitely gained some of the best, supportive, lifelong friendships that have stood by and pushed me through the years to help accomplish my goals.”
Lindsey was a student in one of the first Crime and Justice classes at STM. “That class, specifically the mock trial assignment, showed me that I could help people through law enforcement,” she said. Before entering the police force, Lindsey studied at Marquette University, majoring in criminology and law studies and minoring in sociology. “STM and the dedicated teaching staff laid the groundwork for my studies and career.”
Embracing the “I’ve got your back” mentality that STM has instilled in students through the servant leadership program, Ellie and Lindsey are excited to bring their close bond with them to work. “Working with my sister as a police officer is definitely a dream come true,” Ellie said. “Lindsey and I have always had a great relationship and I will always have her back, no matter what. There’s so much to look forward to…I’m honestly just excited to get to be on the same call together!”
“In a male-dominated field, females have worked hard to earn their place,” Lindsey continued. “I’m honored to be part of the first – but hopefully not last – sister police officers in Kenosha”
For any STM students looking to law enforcement as a career option, Ellie and Lindsey have advice.
“Law enforcement is an exciting and versatile career,” Lindsey states. “In one eight-hour shift, you can go from a complaint of neighbors bickering, to a car accident, to a homicide. You always have to be on your game.”“If it’s your dream, don’t give up,” Ellie encouraged. “It took me a long time for all of the stars to align with the curveballs life sent my way, but I finally accomplished my goal. The process in becoming an officer is definitely very competitive, but once you finally find that right department to begin your law enforcement career, all of that hard work and perseverance is worth it!”