That's not an uncommon ambition for teenage boys. The difference for the 15-year-old Rosenbohm, however, is his level of commitment, which has proven strong enough to attract the attention of Maryville Public Safety Director Keith Wood.
Wood has been helping Rosenbohm, a three-sport athlete with a 3.7 grade-point average, move toward his career goals, a path that will take the Maryville teenager to Washington, D.C. this summer for the week-long National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and Crime Scene Investigation.
Wood said Rosenbohm, the son of Liz Rosenbohm of Maryville and Dan Rosenbohm, was selected for the camp based on "his exemplary academic record and intense interest in the field of forensic science and crime scene investigation."
In other words, Rosenbohm doesn't just want to be a policeman. He's interested in specializing in crime scene investigation and mastering the wide array of technological and investigative skills that being a "CSI" officer implies.
Given that particular ambition, the leadership forum is made to order, since activities during the week will include working a mock crime scene, collecting evidence and properly preparing it for presentation to a mock court.
"I've just always been interested in law enforcement," said Rosenbohm, who got a taste of what it's like to live behind a badge during a job-shadow ride-along last year with Nodaway County Sheriff's Deputy Randy Houston.
While on patrol, Houston responded to a call reporting copper theft from a business just north of Maryville, which meant Rosenbohm got to look on as officers marked off the crime scene, recorded footprints and engaged in other investigative procedures.
Watching real-life investigators in action only whetted Rosenbohm's appetite for more, and his interest in police work has prompted Wood to take the young man on as something of a protege, an involvement that includes helping him raise the $2,500 needed for the D.C. crime camp trip.
"I've visited with him about this opportunity, and it is refreshing for me to see the excitement he has toward law enforcement and especially the area of CSI," Wood said. "At his young age, he is doing all the right things to position himself as a future leader in this field."
During his week in the nation's capital, Rosenbohm said he's hoping to gain some hands-on experience as well as a credential that will help him move forward toward college and the start of a career as an investigative specialist.
In a dangerous world full of dangerous people, such professionals are likely to remain much in demand.
"Our world, law enforcement, changed on 9/11, and it continues to change today," said Wood, who also alluded to recent events in Boston.
The police chief added that technology-based investigative techniques and the science of analyzing electronic surveillance data are areas that will continue to grow in scope for the foreseeable future.
Page 2 of 2 - Wood is accepting donations from anyone interested in helping Rosenbohm pay for his trip to Washington, which is set for July 9-14. Those interested in helping out can call Maryville Public Safety at (660) 562-3209 or mail checks payable to Cory Rosenbohm in care of Wood to Maryville Public Safety, 222 East Third Street, Maryville MO, 64468.