Las Vegas Sergeant Uses Education To Improve A Vital Part Of The Justice System

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While the subject of our jail system might not be considered pleasant, it is a vital part of the law enforcement system. There are some who answer the call of working in the Clark County Detention Center to improve this area of justice and keep it professional.

(Photo Courtesy of Kimberly Brodeur)

(Photo Courtesy of Kimberly Brodeur)

Kimberly Brodeur works as a corrections officer at the LVMPD Detention Center and has been with the police department about 14 years. Her route to criminal justice is unique in that she received her bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in Japanese (which she speaks fluently) and her master’s degree is in crisis and emergency management.

According to Brodeur, her education has influenced her career path in multiple ways. “My accounting background has helped with budgets and proposals.” When Japanese-speaking people are booked into the facility, Brodeur can assist as an interpreter, especially since Japanese translators are not readily available. Her master’s degree helped with a promotion to lieutenant as well as aided her in understanding Incident Command Systems and operate emergency management.

Brodeur admits, “Her field is challenging from many different aspects, but we serve the community and protect them. Going into this career does give you a sense of giving back.” Brodeur explained that while these efforts are not publicly acknowledged, it instills a sense of satisfaction.

As for pursing higher education, Brodeur advises that, “One should always strive to learn more, gain more knowledge and information. I feel it makes you a better person overall. Also, in my field, a degree such as emergency management will open up doors and help with promotions because you are thinking more on a global level rather than from a response level.”

Brodeur would like to encourage everyone to pursue a higher education, regardless of income level or background. “I came from poverty and I was the first one in my family to graduate from college. The experiences of pursing a higher education can motivate and inspire as well as offer opportunities. I know education has changed my life.”

Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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