MVHS Grad Serves Community as a Police Officer

Mountain Vista Grad Serves Her Community as a Police Officer
Posted on 05/23/2024

Bethany Grusing graduated from Mountain Vista High School in 2016 and attended college in Fort Collins. Bethany graduated from Colorado State University in 2019 with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies.

Upon graduation, Bethany joined the Golden Police Department as a park ranger for the summer until she began the police academy in August 2019. Bethany graduated from the police academy in January 2021 and has been working as a police officer in the patrol division for the City of Golden ever since. Bethany recently became a Field Training Officer and a CIT (Crisis Intervention Training) coach.

“I’m proud of finding a career that I enjoy and that challenges me every day to be a better person. I have made lasting friendships through this job and l love serving my community,” said Bethany.

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Reflecting about her high school years, Bethany said, “I always loved going to any sporting event, especially when we played our rivalry games with ThunderRidge. I loved getting to cheer on my younger brother when he played for the Mountain Vista basketball team.

“I learned that I value authentic relationships rather than fitting in with the ‘popular’ group. I had a hard time with some friendships in high school and I was able to talk to a counselor and some teachers about how to deal with that. I appreciated the support from them and the outlets the school gave me to make new friendships,” she said.

If Bethany could give her 15-year-old self advice, “I would tell myself to not stress too much about the little things. If things don't go the way you plan, there's a reason for it. Just work hard and focus on the relationships in your life that matter.” As a police officer, Bethany needs to take good care of herself. To that end, she recently started doing CrossFit.

“It is very challenging to try and learn a whole new way of working out, but I look forward to it every day. Trying to stay on top of my physical fitness also helps out with my work and overall well-being,” she said.

Bethany plans on becoming a detective at some point in the future. Right now, she’s very content.

“I love the city I work for and I don't think there's a more beautiful place I could be than in Colorado. I hope to start a family in the future and travel as much as I can,” she said.

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