Sara Ahrens grew up in Beloit, Wis. Currently, she lives in Roscoe, Ill. She writes “OffBeat,” a column sponsored by Otis Technology. Sara is a police sergeant assigned to patrol for the Rockford (IL) Police Department. Prior to that assignment, she spent four years in the training unit and as the designated Range Master. Sara is a Master Firearms Instructor, Armorer, and Translator for her agency. She was a Scout for her Department’s SWAT team for four years. Sara is certified and assists in instruction in a variety of police topics. Additionally, Sara occasionally teaches college level classes in Criminal Justice and Human Resource Management, and NRA classes. She is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, with 11 years of service as a Russian and Spanish Interpreter.
Sara is a member of the NRA, ILEETA (International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association), and WTOA (Women’s Tactical Officer Association). Her hobbies include shooting, hunting, fishing and biking. Sara is happily married. Her husband also is a sergeant in the Rockford Police Department. Sara’s most valued role is as a mother. She has two awesome children.