Serving the Community — Thomas Oswald, Summerville Police Department

  • Thursday, May 15, 2014

A.M. Sheehan/Journal Scene Thomas Oswald

Patrolman Thomas Oswald, 23, of West Ashley, is a newbie to the Summerville Police Department. His first day on his own (without a Field Training Officer) was March 7.

However, he brings a Citadel degree in criminal justice to SPD and an enthusiasm to serve.

He began working for the town in December 2013 after graduating from the police academy.

Oswald grew up in Clemson and, he says, didn’t want to “sit behind a desk from 9 to 5 … I wanted to help people.”

He has been assigned Patrol Team 4, night shift. He works 12-hour shifts.

Eventually, he says, he would like to be in the traffic division and, eventually, move up in law enforcement. “Maybe go federal,” he says, “such as ATF or the Marshals.”

His worst experience, so far, was his first dead body. Although it was a natural death, he says he had never experienced a dead body before. He had to verify the death so he could call the coroner.

His best experience has probably not happened yet, he says. “I have helped push cars out of the road so people won’t have the expense of a tow, but really haven’t experienced anything too crazy [good or bad] yet.”

He has also thought about the K-9 unit. “I haven’t ruled it out…I would like K-9 work, I think.”

He lives with two roommates from school and a 2-year-old Black Lab named Caroline.

On April 21 he asked his girlfriend, Mollie, to marry him.

He enjoys fishing and hunting, catching up on sleep and playing and training Caroline.

He played football while at The Citadel and enjoys watching “a lot of football (Clemson).” He also watches NFL but doesn’t have a favorite team.

He hopes to join a church softball league soon.

He enjoys “trying to cook and sometimes it’s good, sometimes not.”

He likes camping, boating, eating out with Mollie and long walks in the park with Mollie and Caroline.

His life goal, he says, is to “be happy, like what I do and help as many as I can.” He would also like a family – two boys.

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