Alumni Perspective: David Meyer
Name: David Meyer
Graduation Year: 1996
Major: Criminal Justice
Current Position: Sergeant with Springfield Police
City and State: Springfield, MO
Tell us about your career and what you do now.
I am currently a Sergeant with the Springfield Police Department and have been with them for almost twenty years. I currently supervise the Crimes Against Property Unit in the Detective Division. I have eight detectives on my team and we investigate burglary, stealing and property damage cases.
What is your favorite memory from EU?
I have many great memories from EU but my favorite would have to be the day I met my wife. I also love sports and enjoyed my time playing intramurals.
How did EU help you identify/develop your calling?
In my line of work, it is important to be grounded and have a good relationship with God — EU was instrumental in guiding me along that path.
How did your experience at EU prepare you for life after graduation?
EU was a blessing that gave me a good academic foundation for what was to come in my occupation.
What advice would you give a current student preparing for the workforce?
For Criminal Justice majors at EU, I would tell them to make sure they gain some life experience before entering police work: getting a job that requires interaction with customers, intern at a police department or volunteer work at places where they interact with the public are key.
What would you look for if you were in a position to hire new graduates from EU/AGTS?
Life experience, as mentioned above, military service, and a clean background.