Megan Jansma
Deputy Sheriff, McCook County South Dakota
Class of 2008
Degree: Law Enforcement Science


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“The education I received gave me everything I needed for my career in law enforcement. The classroom time helped me gain knowledge of the law and all the hands-on classes got me ready for everything else. It also helped me pass the reciprocity test so I could begin my law enforcement career faster.” –Megan Jansma, McCook County Deputy Sheriff

Following Her Dream
Megan Jansma finds personal reward in serving and protecting others.

Many high school students are uncertain about their future. It’s understandable, considering choosing what to major in can determine the direction of their lives after school. But for Megan Jansma, the decision was clearly made as early as when she was in middle school.

Not just a pipe dream, Megan committed to her decision serving in the Minnehaha County Explorers Program and also working as a Security Guard. She notes, “I went to Southeast Tech right after high school because it’s affordable and gave me every skill that I needed to be successful. My older sister was an engineering student there and she always talked about what a great school it was.”

After just two years, Megan had graduated and successfully passed a reciprocity test that allowed her to opt out of South Dakota’s mandatory 13 week Law Enforcement Academy. “Being able to take the reciprocity test helped me get to my career started without have to go through the Law Enforcement Training Center in Pierre. Having a degree that is specific to Law Enforcement was important to the departments because they know I had all the knowledge and skills to be able to do my job competently.”

Today, Megan is right where she wants to be, out patrolling McCook County and the five towns that are located there. “Being able to help the community members and keep them safe is the most rewarding feeling. I love my job, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.”