She talks as fast as she runs, and that's pretty fast. Maybe that's how campus police
officer Jennifer Malloy crams so much into her life.
Jenn has worked for the Office
of Campus Safety for about two years, patrolling campus on the 11:00 p.m.-to-7:00 a.m.
shift weekdays and every other weekend.
On her free weekends, except
in winter, she runs 5Ks and 10Ks. Many of these are in the Lehigh Valley, but at least
once a month Jenn heads for a race in Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Jersey, or somewhere
else out of the area.
And she spends some of her
spare hours working on a degree in English education with a minor in psychology. She
has taken classes at Moravian, at Lehigh Carbon Community College, and at De Sales University.
"I'm about 10 to 12 classes out from finishing," she
In addition, Jenn keeps up
her credentials in her field. She is certified as a crime prevention officer. She has
trained as a RAD (rape aggressive defense) officer. She spent a day last summer at Lafayette
College learning about police work with gangs. "This
will help," she says,
"with the way we interact with the city." She plans on further training in gang control
at Fort Indiantown Gap and advanced certification in RAD this summer in Tampa,
In addition to patrol duty,
Jenn would like to offer sessions on campus in alcohol awareness for students, especially
first-year students. From a female standpoint, she says, "there's
definitely a problem" with date rape, made possible by drug or alcohol consumption.
done it, I've been there," she says ruefully. "What I once would've done, there's no
way I'd do that now!"
Jenn is from Houston, Texas,
and there's a cop strain in her genes. "In
Texas, you're either a car salesman or a police officer," she says, her Texas
accent clipped off by her crisp speech. Her uncle is a Texas state trooper,
and two cousins are police officers. (Her father is the car salesman.) That's how she got into the business.
Her boyfriend is a police officer in Stroudsburg. To qualify as a police officer, she
went to the Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission Academy at Lackawanna
College in Scranton, which she says requires more hours of class (772, to be exact) and
field work than all but one other in the United States. She started as a part-time officer
in Summit Hill in 2001, working her way to the College through a friend who was employed
in Moravian's Campus Safety Office.
It was police work that got
her started running. The physical training tests require aspiring officers to sprint
and to be able to run a mile.
Jenn prefers distances. She
competes in events such as the Runners World half-marathon (13.1 miles), which she ran
in 2 hours and 23 minutes. She also has run in the state's Police Olympics, where she
won a silver medal in the 5K. And because races are often fund-raisers, she has run for
POW/MIAs, for arthritis, for human rights, and for many other causes. "I never realized
how many of those are out there!" she says of the world of amateur running.
As with most
runners, she's had her share of injuries: a twisted ankle in the Police Olympics, two
stress fractures when training for a marathon. So she pays a great deal of attention
to her training, working in several distances: long distances of five or six miles,
sprints, and 30 minutes of "pure hills" at all her practices. She calls the hills "'the
Stairmaster of running" and says they train your stamina.
Looking back at her time in
the half-marathon, she says: "I want to cut off those 23 minutes."
P.S. Just last month
in Baltimore, Jenn ran the half-marathon in 2 hours and 5 minutes.