Roseville police aide earns law enforcement scholarship

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 7, 2019

 Bianca Lastomirsky, a police aide at the Roseville Police Department, was selected as the first recipient of a scholarship given out to individuals going into law enforcement or public safety careers by the Officer Collin Rose Memorial Foundation.

Bianca Lastomirsky, a police aide at the Roseville Police Department, was selected as the first recipient of a scholarship given out to individuals going into law enforcement or public safety careers by the Officer Collin Rose Memorial Foundation.

Photo provided by Chris Powell

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ROSEVILLE — Bianca Lastomirsky, a police aide with the Roseville Police Department, recently was selected for a $1,000 scholarship to pursue her dream of becoming a K-9 unit police officer.

The scholarship comes from the Officer Collin Rose Memorial Foundation, an organization created to honor and remember Wayne State University police officer Collin Rose, who was killed in the line of duty in 2016.

“We formed to keep Collin’s name alive and well,” said foundation President Chris Powell. “This is the first time we’ve given out this scholarship. We have a golf fundraiser each year, and we also use that money to support the families of those who have died in the line of duty and support police K-9 programs. We also work to place memorial markers at the scenes where officers fell.”

A 2016 graduate of Warren Mott High School, Lastomirsky is currently studying criminal justice as a dually enrolled student at Macomb County Community College and Ferris State University. Between classes, she works part time with the Roseville Police Department.

“I’ve always wanted to be a police officer since I was little,” Lastomirsky said. “Recently, I’ve fallen in love with the K-9 program. My stepfather is a K-9 officer, and getting to see what they can do and what a K-9 unit does is extraordinary. There’s so much they can do (that) normal officers can’t. I want to be part of the program one day.”

Lastomirsky said that working with the Roseville police has been a rewarding experience and one that has helped prepare her for her career in law enforcement.

“I interact with the community. I answer basic questions regarding police and court matters. I help take care of the inmates we have for the day or weekend. I answer phones and write reports, which helps me with the career I want to go into,” she said. “This is an amazing stepstone because it teaches me how to function as a police officer and do many of the things a police officer does on a daily basis.”

Lastomirsky was chosen out of more than 30 applicants for the scholarship. The foundation members said she was perfectly in line with the kind of officer Rose tried to be.

“We had a review process with our scholarship and awards committee, and she was overwhelmingly selected because of the quality of her application and how well-received her essay was by the committee,” Powell said. “She seemed pretty well-aligned with the type of officer Collin was.”

Powell said the scholarship is a wonderful way to keep Rose’s memory alive and to continue his dreams and goals.

“(The scholarship applicants) have to be from Michigan and be going into criminal justice or public safety. Collin was studying dispute resolution at Wayne State University when he was killed, so we wanted to sort of allow other people to complete that dream of his,” he said. “We give out a scholarship to his old high school, but we also want to honor those following in his footsteps. We wanted to provide a scholarship to students who might not receive them otherwise.”

Powell said the foundation will recognize Lastomirsky at the group’s third annual golf outing at Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Township July 22.

“We told her she would be the recipient … in late April. We invited her to the golf outing in July and she will be recognized there,” explained Powell. “We’re excited to see what Bianca’s future has in store and what she will be able to accomplish.”

Lastomirsky said she was incredibly grateful to the Officer Collin Rose Foundation and hopes she can live up to its expectations.

“The foundation is an amazing group,” she said. “They stand for everything that I hope to be as an officer. Giving students the opportunity to advance their education is great, and Collin Rose was the K-9 officer for Wayne State University, so doing something in his honor is amazing.”

She said she is planning on attending the Macomb Community College Police Academy in the fall, and she hopes to apply to a police department after graduation. Her advice to those also looking to go into law enforcement is to be passionate about it.

“My advice is be passionate at what you do,” Lastomirsky said. “If you don’t love your job, you’re going to be miserable in your life. Get involved in the local department and go on some ride-alongs or something. Find out this is what you want to do, and then get your foot in the door.”

More information on the foundation can be found at www.collinrosememorial.org.

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.

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