Jon Schorsch

Former Police Officer in Washington

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Jon Schorsch graduated from Washington State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology. After briefly working in the retail industry, Jon Schorsch entered the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Basic Law Enforcement Academy in 1993 and become a Police Officer with the Port of Seattle Police Department. Jon Schorsch earned numerous certifications throughout his career, including Explosive Detection K-9 Handler, Field Training Officer, National Incident Manager, and Peer Support Counselor. Following the completion of First-Line Supervisor Training, Jon Schorsch received a promotion to Sergeant and First-Level Supervisor in 2003. In this position, Jon Schorsch supervised teams of up to 20 people, often serving as the highest ranking officer on duty. Since losing his sight in a boating accident in 2006, Jon Schorsch has found ways to remain active in the Department, including involvement with the Port of Seattle Police Benevolent Association.

In 2008, Jon Schorsch enrolled at Seattle University to expand his leadership and mediation skills. Currently studying for his Master of Public Administration, Jon Schorsch serves as an officer at large for the MPA Student Association and expects to graduate in 2011. To gain firsthand experience as a mediator, Jon Schorsch volunteers at the Dispute Resolution Center of Island and Snohomish Counties.

Before losing his vision, Jon Schorsch took part in all types of skiing, including downhill, cross-country, and water. Despite his lack of sight, Jon Schorsch continues to participate in these sports, perfecting his water skiing skills as a member of the Lake Sammamish Waterski Club and making visits to Ski Paradise in Acapulco, Mexico. A practitioner of jujitsu, Jon Schorsch contributes to the National Federation of the Blind as a Self-Defense Instructor. In addition, Jon Schorsch supports Community Services for the Blind and Partially Sighted as a member of the Board of Directors.