Thursday, June 6, 2013
Cpl. Shaun Tumbleston, 33, of Summerville Police Department began his career when he was 15. In 1995, while at Summerville High School, he was a police cadet. From there he went on to serve in the Summerville Police Department Reserves for a year. He did all this while attending Charleston Southern University and earning a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in criminal justice and a minor in psychology.
“I was hired a week after graduation,” said Tumbleston, who noted he would like to get his Master’s in the criminal justice arena.
In addition to formal his education, Tumbleston has trained at the DEA and FBI Academies at Quantico, is Clandestine Lab certified in the dismantling of meth labs, has been to SWAT training, firearms training, undercover school, drug interdiction classes, gang classes, surveillance school and trained under the DEA as a basic investigator.
Tumbleston spent five years in narcotics and is now back on patrol where he works 12-hour shifts answering calls, making traffic stops and backing up other officers. He is a supervisor and Field Training Officer for newer officers. He is also an honor guard and an assistant team leader for the Emergency Services Unit.
And that is just for work. At home he is completely focused on his eight-year-old son. The divorced dad spends as much time as he can with his son and they enjoy water sports, hiking and soccer together.
Whatever time is left over, Tumbleston said, he uses to keep in shape, read and have time with his girlfriend.
A local boy who grew up in the area, he wants to spend his career with SPD working his way up the promotional ladder with a goal of ultimately becoming a Patrol Captain.