Ever since I was a little boy, I knew what I wanted to do.
I wanted to be a police officer, just like my hero — my dad. I wore my holster with my toy gun everywhere — the last thing I took off each day was my gun. I always thought if I could be half the officer my dad was, then I’ve made it.
And after 43 years with the Arvada Police Department, I can safely say I tried.
I’m a Colorado native and knew this is where I wanted to live my life. I was hired on at the Adams County Sheriff’s Department early in my career, but was encouraged to switch to another, growing police department in Arvada or Lakewood to further my career. And on June 13, 1977, I was sworn in as a member of the Arvada Police Department.
My career journey
I began my career on patrol, which was a good opportunity to learn the districts and the city. From there, I moved into the special investigations unit where I spent years undercover, looking shaggy with long hair, a beard and my ear pierced. I helped do several drug busts around Arvada West High School and other places around the city.
But it wasn’t patrolling the city or busting drug-selling kids and adults that gave me the most joy in my career.
That moment came when I decided to become a school resource officer at Pomona High School.
The place for me
In 1996, I came aboard at Pomona and knew this was the place for me. I’ve always been able to deal with kids really well — I’m a natural. So when this position came up, I felt like God was pushing me to it. And he’s right, it’s my cup of tea.
I have two kids of my own, and so being around students every day was a treat. When I began working, I had 1,600 students of which maybe 500 had what we would call a ‘normal’ family. I learned the biggest thing missing in our culture today is family values, the appreciation of a good home. I came to the school during a time where it was thought to be a racist school, after two students, both of different minorities, got into a tiff in the lunchroom. We had national attention for it. But to me, it was an opportunity to show the students I’m extremely fair and equitable.
You see these kids at their best, when they’re athletes, at their dances, in the plays, at band performances — you see them when they’re at a good stage in life, asking a million questions and learning about life.
I constantly reminded my students, life is good, just don’t do the same mistake twice. For that, and many other things, I gained their respect and love. I still have former students of mine see me, shout “Hey, OG!” — Officer Glasmann, not Original Gangster — and thank me for my work.
I was at Pomona for 20 years before I decided to retire, and it has been the hardest and best job I have ever left. Now, in retirement, my bride and I plan to travel around the country, go fishing and see some magnificent sights.
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