The Tablet Jr. > A Career of Service: NYPD Training Officer Theresa Shortell

By Dylan Ehret, Grade 6
St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy

Theresa Shortell is currently the Chief of Training for the New York City Police Department. After so many years on the job, she is retiring next December. Her coworkers all agree that she is strong and independent, with leadership skills that make her perfect for the title of Chief of Training. Shortell is kind, happy, and cares deeply about her community. She believes that you should never give up, and that you need to work hard to achieve anything. She has a caring and kind family that support her every day.

I asked her some questions about her success and job, and any advice she has to anyone else. I asked, “What trait was most helpful to you in your career?” Definitely perseverance was her reply. “How many years did you serve in the N.Y.P.D.?” Thirty Five and a half years in 17 units was her response. She also shared that she has had nine ranks in the NYPD. When I asked her what unit was the most memorable, she said the Gang Division because of the hard work and its accomplishments. Her advice to others is to stay true to yourself, and always keep integrity, legitimacy, and values.

Here are some of her other responses to my interview questions:

Q. What was your favorite part of your career and why?
A. Becoming an undercover cop, because I got to be an actress.

Q. What’s your favorite part about your present position as Chief of Training?
A. My favorite part is teaching the recruits to be great cops, and stay safe.

Q. What reputation do you what to leave behind when you do retire?
A. How I led by example and treated others with kindness, and how others can do it too.

Q. Finally, if you could describe your career in one word, what would it be?
A. Rewarding. Her favorite parts about the NYPD are the people, and that the work is consistently challenging. She has always been an honorable, proud, persistent, and strong leader.

Shortell has a lot of experience because she has spent many years training to be an amazing police officer. After all of the regular police training, she has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and became a graduate of the Police Management Institute at Columbia University in the year 2002. She even spent three weeks in Harvard studying leadership! She was part of the 71, 6, 94, 105, 108, and 112 Precincts. She even commanded the 6 and 94 precincts. All these experiences she had tells you how experienced she has amazing leadership that helps her out in her job.

Everyone around her recognizes her great skills at being an amazing leader, and she received many awards for this! She got the 2009 National Police Defense Foundation, ”Woman of the Year,”. Then in 2015 she got another ,”Woman of the Year,” by the NYPD Patrol Women’s Endowment Association. She has also received the Ellis Island award!

Theresa Shortell is an amazing police officer and has been for so long. Her great qualities have inspired others to do good, and I know she will have the long-lasting reputation she deserves.