Some might call Jennafer Woitena a thrill seeker. The 14-year League City Police Department veteran admits she enjoys the adrenaline and rush of her two main hobbies—skydiving and rugby. Woitena joined the force when she was just 21-years old and now she’s on her way to becoming one of only a few dozen female bomb techs in the U.S.
Did you always want to be a police officer? No, but I started taking some criminal justice classes at San Jacinto Community College and I thought they were interesting. Then one night I, after watching an episode of COPS, I had this intense and visual dream in which I was a police officer. I woke up the next morning and I just had this overwhelming feeling that I needed to pursue a career in law enforcement. A few weeks later, I saw that the League City Police Department was hiring, so I took the written and physical entrance exams, passed, and never looked back. I was only 21 years old at the time and I’ve been with the department ever since. That was 14 years ago.
What do you like about working for LCPD? I like the variety of work and the opportunity to advance and learn new things. I currently work in traffic enforcement and do accident reconstruction, as well as teach advanced accident reconstruction. I have served with the LCPD bike and marine patrol units and I currently am on the Texas City Regional Bomb Squad. I am in the process of getting my hazardous device school certification. When completed, I will be one of only 40 female bomb squad techs in the U.S.
How does your husband and family feel about you become a certified bomb tech? My husband Cliff, who also works for League City PD, is jealous. LOL. He wanted to do it as well, but they picked me and another colleague at LCPD. I am secretly glad he didn’t get picked because now I will have something to hold over his head. LOL. All kidding aside, my husband is an amazing police officer and spends time traveling all over the country to teach and train fellow officers in active shooter exercises. I am extremely proud of him, but I am also extremely competitive, so it will be nice to be able to have something to brag about that he can’t. But then again, he’s a lot humbler then I am. LOL.
As far as our family, I think our kids are just used to the fact that they have two police officers for parents. We have four kids—two older ones from Cliff’s first marriage that are 24 and 18, and two younger ones that are 9 and 7. We are blessed that my mom is around to help. Cliff travels a lot for his trainings and my schedule is crazy as well, so I am grateful for her help.
What do you do for fun? I enjoy skydiving. I’ve been doing it for around six years now and have about 118 jumps under my belt. I also started playing rugby a year ago. A daughter of a former colleague was looking for females to join her team, so I said why not. I played sports when I was in college and I really missed the competition and the comradery of being on a team. I have recruited two other female officers to join as well—Sgt. Gina Gonzalez and Officer Carina Martinez. We play for BARC, the Bay Area Rugby Club. We practice twice a week for two hours and games are on Saturday. I love it. It’s so much fun and super invigorating. Last year we won the Division 3 Championship.