A South Florida woman who trained at Miami Dade College’s police academy on a full scholarship from the Miami Dolphins is now a newly inducted police officer.
Emily Santana was a student at Miami Central High School when she was selected for the scholarship. Two years later, she proudly graduated from Class 371 along with 21 other officers.
“When they called my name, it was just a shocking surprise to have this scholarship, and to accomplish it was amazing,” Santana said.
Santana was also part of the Police Explorer Program in high school when she got the scholarship. The Miami Dolphins launched the program named UNITES in 2018, then partnered with the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department to promote positive relationships between youth and law enforcement.
And Santana makes them proud.
“Excited and happy to see Emily, now Officer Santana, graduating and preparing to serve her community,” said Rashauna Hamilton of the Miami Dolphins. “When we worked with the police explorers to identify a deserving recipient, they told us Emily was that person.”
Santana also received a fitness medal and put his name on a Dolphins jersey.
“I’ve always wanted my name on a shirt, so to have this have my name on a shirt is really cool, really awesome,” she said.