Police Captain Anthony York, Operations East Division Commander for the Clark County School Police Department, is not a typical police officer. His oversees police operations for all schools east of Interstate 15 in Las Vegas. Neighborhoods include urban, at risk, suburbia and upscale.
York has extensive experience in training, juvenile delinquency and law, emergency management and incident command. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and holds a Master of Public Administration Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (magna cum laude) in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Because he was working while going to school, it took him more than 20 years to obtain his degrees.
“I chose to go into law enforcement because I had a calling to help people,” York explained. “I want to get involved with the community.”
When York was researching becoming a police officer and talking to people, he was advised that to rise up in the ranks, he needed both education and experience. He served four years in the Air Force as a police officer while getting an education. Now 50 years old, York holds three degrees and has 28 years of experience and stated that because of his background. He has an edge over others when being considered for a promotion as he holds five Nevada Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Certifications. He is also a graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command from Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety.
York encourages everyone to continue their education if considering entering the field of law enforcement. “The most important thing is to be a balanced person. A bachelor’s degree along with training from the police academy allows you to understand people from a different direction since a criminal justice degree is a social science degree based on sociology. You study people and learn how to interact with people, which is a critical part of the job. It is one of the major factors. I believe a broad education along with experience from the military and police academy helps in understanding people in all circumstances.”
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