Three Internships with the NYPD Lead to a Place in the Police Academy
Three Internships with the NYPD Lead to a Place in the Police Academy

by Jackie Hennessey
UNH Today Contributing Writer

David Marucheau ’16 was interning with the New York City Police Department at a midtown Manhattan precinct when his supervisor put him on the front desk. He’d be on the frontlines, handling whatever situations arose as people came in. He’d take the calls, too.

Pretty soon, he found himself trying to help a tourist from Europe track down his missing $2,000 camera across bus and subway lines. Later, he was helping a person track down an accident report.

One morning a man arrived, dressed in khakis and an NYPD shirt that someone might pick up at a souvenir shop. The man said he was a police officer and needed to pick up his packet of parking tickets.

David Marucheau ’16

“It was clear he wasn’t a police officer,” Marucheau said. “I talked with him and could see he was in some kind of mental distress.” He assessed the situation further, kept the man calm and found someone in the department to help him.

“I always had to be thinking on my feet,” he said. “Each day you never knew what might happen.”

What he did know was that he liked the work. Marucheau, an investigative services major, spent that summer of his sophomore year interning with the NYPD, doing a ride-along, working with officers on crime mapping, highlighting areas in the precinct where crimes were increasing and working that busy front desk.

He worked with beat cops and investigators and met ranking officers, specialists and administrators. He asked questions. He jumped in wherever he was needed and he networked, which is just what his professors encouraged him to do in his pre-internship course.

That led to a second NYPD internship, with the New York Police Pension Fund, where he “learned about what a police career is like at the other end of it,” and where he trained on a computer software program and “gained valuable organization skills that I will need in my career.”

After that, he earned a third NYPD internship, in a criminal courthouse in Manhattan, where he was able to sit in on a trial. “It was a bench trial, so the judge had to decide guilt or innocence as well as give sentencing,” he said. “It was a weeklong trial, and each day I was able to go back to the judge’s chambers and ask questions like ‘Why did you come to the decision you did?’ and ‘How do officers prepare to take the stand?’ Getting experience in a courtroom will really help when I may have to testify after I make an arrest.”

In July, Marucheau heads back to the NYPD, this time as a member of the newest class of the Police Academy in Queens, where he will train through the end of December. He started applying more than a year ago and underwent a battery of tests. If all goes as planned, he will join the force on December 31. “New Year’s Eve will be quite a day to start my career in the NYPD,” he said. “I’m really excited about the opportunity.”

Michael Clark, senior lecturer in criminal justice and program coordinator for investigative services, said experiential education is the foundation that sets UNH apart from other programs. "David’s experiences with the NYPD are a tremendous example of using the internship program to affirm your career choice and then using the networking contacts to land a job after graduation," Clark said.

Marucheau says he knows he will continually tap into what he learned during his internships and from the countless hands-on experiences he had in his investigative services courses, such as surveilling an individual around campus, learning how to properly stop and frisk and collaborating with his classmates for more than eight hours securing, investigating and solving a crime set up in the University’s crime-scene house.

A native of Staten Island, Marucheau said he looks forward to becoming part of the NYPD, one of the nation’s oldest and largest police forces with more than 34,500 officers. His father is a member of the New York City Fire Department, and his brother is a member of the NYPD’s counter terrorism unit, a career path Marucheau said he may want to explore.

“My brother’s experiences have made me interested in getting into a specialized division such as counter terrorism,” he said.  "He's been able to give me tips and help me through this process, and I am sure once I get on the job that having him around will help me be a well-rounded officer.”

“What I learned at the University of New Haven gives me a unique level of experience that not many people going into the field can say they have,” he continued. “These experiences will help me excel at being a police officer. I can’t wait to get started.”

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