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“When I was a senior
in high school, I remember my parents accompanying me to the local police
department. I recall being told, in not so many words, that it was very
difficult for woman to get hired. Luckily, that didn’t stop me!”
Tracy has been teaching criminal justice classes at Kaplan University since 2007.
She has been with the San Diego Police Department for 21 years and currently
serves as a detective. “Kaplan University really helps its students looking to
enter the law enforcement field by hiring professionals like me who are
currently working in the field. This brings the ‘real life’ perspective to the
classroom and introduces the students to the realities of
Tracy has been in law enforcement since 1994, and when she was hired she went
through the San Diego Police Academy for 7 months. She was then sent into the
field for another four months of training. “After that,” she said, “you are on
Tracy has worked Patrol and Neighborhood Policing, where she serves the community
by identifying concerns and problem solving. The community contributes to and
participates in this partnership. This assignment included patrolling on
bicycle to be more accessible, visible, and approachable by the citizens.
She was promoted to detective in 2000, where her various assignments have included
Domestic Violence and Sex Crimes (with an expertise in developmentally delayed
victims). She has spent the last 10 years in the Homicide Unit, including 2 years
on the Cold Case Team.
“My family inspired me to go into law enforcement, as they instilled in me a desire
to serve others,” Tracy said. “I grew up in a military family and my mother was
a nurse, so I saw firsthand how helping others and our country was rewarding
and something we all should strive to do.”
What has inspired Tracy to stay in her career and at the police department for
so long? “Again, I would say it is family. However, this time it is the
families of the deceased victims that I come into contact with in the Homicide
Unit. Seeking justice for their loss and speaking for their loved ones is what
inspires me now.”
Tracy says that she chose to work at Kaplan University because of the values she
sees within the college. “Kaplan University truly cares about the students and
their success. It’s always such a pleasure being a part of
seeing students meet their goals, be it working in the field as a forensic specialist
or as a law enforcement officer.”
Tracy continues, “Some of the most rewarding moments for me both in my law enforcement
and teaching careers are those moments that I don’t remember! There have been
countless times when I received an email from an officer, a student, or a
family member expressing their feelings about a contact that I have had with
them in the past. Oftentimes, those contacts can be chalked up to part of the
job. It is then that I realize what a positive impact each of us can have on
others. It is such a great wake up call to treat others professionally and with
compassion and encouragement, as you never know what your words might mean to
Regarding any advice for students looking to enter the field of criminal justice:
“I really think it is important for students to be honest with themselves about
the field they are entering. It is not TV and everything is not like CSI! You
will be exposed to challenges and to the dark side of people. However, you will
also meet some of the most amazing people that otherwise you might not have
met. Be honest with yourself so you can better serve your community. It doesn’t matter your ethnicity, your gender, your size,
or where you came from. If you obtain a great education and have a passion for
the field, you can do it. It’s the heart that truly matters.”
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