BVU student serves Newton police department

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Lauren Slings, a native of Montezuma, checks vehicles parked on the streets in Newton while working as an intern for the Newton Police Department. The BVU senior to-be hopes to work in law enforcement on the state or federal level.
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Lauren Slings is working on the streets of Newton in her second internship of the year, spending the summer working with the Newton Police Department.

“I’m doing parking enforcement, making sure people are parking legally,” she says. “It can be challenging while interacting with the public in a different perspective.”

The Montezuma native is also getting experience working with the department’s canine unit. Additionally, she’s accompanied the Newton Police Department SWAT Team as it participated in firearms training and is working in nuisance enforcement.

“I’m getting great experience working in a variety of roles within the department,” says Slings, a criminal justice and psychology major. During January, she spent the interim period serving Polk County Crisis & Advocacy in a psychology internship.

The senior to-be takes part in the BVU Psychology Club, the Psychology Research Club and will serve as a peer leader with the University seminar course in the upcoming academic year. A member of SAVE (Students Against Violent Environments) at BVU, Slings is also joining the BVU Criminal Justice Club as it reactivates.

Following her graduation in May 2020, Slings plans to earn a master’s degree before beginning a career in law enforcement. Ultimately, she hopes to work in law enforcement on the state or federal level.