Today the Woodmere Police Department was honored to support Patrol Officer Victoria Bitenbender as she became a U.S. citizen and took her naturalization oath. Many officers along with Chief Sheila Mason were at the ceremony on November 2.
Bitenbender immigrated to the U.S. with her father in 2007 and says, “It was the most difficult time period of my life, but my family and I were willing to change everything to achieve the American Dream.”
Bitenbender graduated from Hudson High School in 2011 and in Spring of 2016 from the University of Akron with a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology/ criminology. She has a second degree is in Political science with a minor in criminal justice.
“I have always had a passion for law enforcement and public service. I look up to the men and women who wore the blue uniform to protect other and help society as a whole. This is why I wanted to become a law enforcement officer.”
Bitenbender graduated from the University of Akron Police Academy in December 2016. Shortly after graduation, she got married and had a little girl.
“I started working with Woodmere Policer Department in September of 2017. Now my American dream is happening as I achieve my personal and professional goals! I strongly desire to become a citizen of The United States of America for many reasons and want to give back to the country that has given me so many opportunities.”
“November 2nd, 2018 is going to be one of the most important and memorable days of my life. Becoming a citizen is such a hug honor and I am beyond grateful.”
Congratulations, Officer Bitenbender! We are lucky to have you!️