“There has definitely been times where I was scared, the unknown situations could be nerve wracking.” Lieutenant Erik Grutzner grew up in Carmel, New York and went to the University of Albany as a history major, and he also took his Masters degree in Public Safety Management at Pace University. As an undergrad he took his police exam and eventually got called into the Pleasantville Police Station where he has worked for 21 years. Lieutenant Grutzner likes working for a small town where he feels he is being a part of contributing to the community. One of the joys he gets with his job is that he now sees people that had trouble with the police growing up coming back and starting families. Lieutenant Grutzner also says that due to recent incidents across the country that has put the police in a bad lighting that everyone in law enforcement fully understands that they need to reach out to the communities more.