Friday, April 4, 2014
Patrolman First Class Robert Blajszczak, 39, of Summerville, grew up in Buffalo, N.Y. He landed in the South because of his dad’s job.
He graduated from Trident Tech with a Criminal Justice degree, worked for the Georgia Dept. of Corrections, Berkeley County Detention Center, Moncks Corner Police Department and Edisto Beach Police Department before joining SPD in 2007.
“I always wanted to do police work,” he says, “it always felt right to me.”
He began at SPD on patrol and is now in the Traffic division. He is certified as an accident reconstructionist, on Data Master (breathalyzer), for the Standard Field Sobriety Test, for Radar/Lidar, in Basic Detective, has been through Interdiction and Crime Prevention schools and is a certified Field Training Officer.
His worst experience, he recalls, was “the suicide of a kid the same age as me. It hit home.”
His best, though, was a “25-pound marijuana bust.” He says as of now this is the most seized from a traffic stop for the Moncks Corner PD.
In fact, that stop went down in the judicial annals. “There was a suppression hearing, trying to get the marijuana dismissed” – State vs Williams – having to do with the nature of the stop vs the drug find. His stop was good.
His professional goal is to become a traffic safety instructor.
He and his wife Christina, have four children – Ty, 17, Kylie, 15, Austin, 12 and Haylee, 7.
He enjoys golf and spending time with his family.
Sometimes he has time to read, he says.
He helps his girls play softball and would like to have the time to coach softball. “Time doesn’t permit,” he says, “I really wish it did.”
He enjoys watching TV, especially NCIS, Criminal Minds and the old JAG series.
Sometimes, he says, he likes to cook, “but I don’t like to clean up!
“When I was 15 or 16, I was in food service.”
He enjoys the annual Fire vs Police softball tournament.
For fun he and his wife go out to dinner or go downtown.
He loves history and discovering all of Charleston’s history. He enjoys the various tours such as the Ghost Tour, and going to the theater.
He used to play bass guitar and sing, he says. He played with his church in high school. In fact, he was quite the thespian, playing the lead in “Guys & Dolls.”
He enjoys country music, especially “older stuff.”
His life goal, he says, used to be “to make my parents proud…I think I’ve done that.”
Now it is to make sure “my son and Christina’s three do the best they can and have a good life.”