Speaking at Marymount

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell spoke to Marymount California University criminal justice program students and faculty on the Rancho Palos Verdes campus Tuesday April 24, 2018.

Photo by Robert Casillas

In an example of “real-world learning” at Marymount California University, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell shared some of the highs of lows of law enforcement with nearly 200 criminal justice students, faculty and staff on Tuesday, April 24.

McDonnell shared what challenges and difficulties those in law enforcement face, but also told them about the rewards they could get. He encouraged the students to pursue careers where they give back to society and help people, said criminal justice professor Kristine Twomey.

He also spoke about the growing problems of drug addition, homelessness and the growth of criminal gangs. Twomey hoped the event would help expose her students at the Rancho Palos Verdes campus to what they will face after graduation.

“Marymount’s Criminal Justice program is designed to emphasize ‘real-world learning’ as are all of our programs,” MCU President Brian Marcotte said. “Our goal is to have students immediately ready for employment after graduation. Our professors are criminal justice practitioners and we augment with professionals from the top of their fields to create interactive opportunities to learn.”

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