Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Patrolman First Class Montez Aiken, 36, is a public servant at heart.
He started his career putting his USC degree in music and music education to good use as a teacher and band director. Citing a need for a “different pace,” he became a reserve officer in 2002 and joined the force full time the following year. Now he’s been with SPD for 11 years. After his term with the police department is up he wants to pursue a different kind of term.
“Aiken for Senate,” he said with a laugh.
PFC Aiken works on general patrol and is also a field-training officer: “I’ve been able to use my education degree as an officer.” He’s trained as a traffic safety officer, crisis negotiator, accident reconstructionist and he’s certified in Taser and radar.
He said he hopes to be promoted to command staff one day, specifically as a captain of patrol.
His best memory from working as a police officer was during a normal patrol.
“I pulled a woman over for seatbelt enforcement and issued her a citation and later that day she came back to the department and said thank you because not too long after she was pulled over she got into a really bad accident and she could have been dead or seriously injured. It’s great to see you’re making a difference.”
His worst experience was during patrol of an athletic event; a runner suddenly collapsed on the track and PFC Aiken was the first to respond. By the time the ambulance arrived the man, who’d had a heart attack, was already dead.
“I’ll never forget that. To know you’re the last person they see before they pass…”
Still, PFC Aiken said he enjoys attending community events and interacting with citizens the most.
In his personal life, his goals are to go back to school and earn a master’s in public administration.
He and his wife, Toshyanna, have two children, 5-year-old Malakai and 9-year-old Tyanna, and Brian the fish.
A Summerville native and Summerville High School graduate, PFC Aiken and his family continue to reside in town.
In his spare time he pursues digital photography and spending time with his family. He also maintains his musical career as a percussionist and composer.
A fraternity man of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, PFC Aiken is also heavily involved with several Freemasonry, Shriners and Arabian temples in the Charleston area.
In line with his professional goals, PFC Aiken said his personal goals are to make a positive impact.
“What type of legacy do I want to leave for my kids? I want to try and leave something positive. I want to make sure I leave every person who meets me with something positive,” Aiken said.