CINCINNATI (FOX19) - At 57, Jenny Sena is the oldest graduate in the history of the Great Oaks Career Campuses Police Academy.
According to Great Oaks, she graduated early from high school and began college at the University of Wisconsin at 17. On her 18th birthday, she enlisted in the military.
“I knew that I wanted to be an officer but wanted to learn the ropes first. We were always told not to volunteer for anything, but I volunteered for everything,” Sena told Great Oaks.
She was accepted at the US Army Preparatory School and got into West Point to study engineering where she was the second female regimental commander in the academy’s history.
Sena then went to Aberdeen and Ft. Hood where she was a maintenance manager for a support battalion.
According to Great Oaks, in 1990 she was offered an early release as the Cold War was ending.
Preparing to leave the military she discovered P&G at a career fair.
“At the time, I considered the FBI but wanted to have and raise children with my husband. I knew that I needed a career that would allow me to do so,” Sena told Great Oaks.
In retirement in 2020 she told Great Oaks she decided to act on a life-long dream.
“When I was little, I watched police shows and knew that’s what I wanted to do,” she said.
Sena left her career on April 7 and took the police academy physical training test on May 9.
She told Great Oaks the other cadets accepted her and were supportive.
Great Oaks Police Academy instructor Ed Dye said Sena led by example.
According to Great Oaks, she graduated with her class in November and, in December, took and passed the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission certification test.
Sena said she is now ready for her next career and has been talking to a local police department.
“Fortunately, the department is interested in someone with some life experience,” she said. “My mother always said point your sights on what you want to do and do it. I’ll keep doing it until it’s time for me to go.”
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