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Jerad Kent

Jerad Kent

City of Westminster Police Department

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Jerad's work combines: Law, Armed Services, and Helping People

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Day In The Life


I'm a gang detective, handling any crimes, investigations involving gang activity.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Law Enforcement Record-Keeping and Evidence Management

    Union Institute & University

  • Associate's Degree

    Golden West College

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Detectives and Criminal Investigators:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Law Enforcement Record-Keeping and Evidence Management

Associate's Degree

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Hearing stories about the military from my uncle and grandfather made me want to join up.

  • 2.

    After high school, I went to college for one year, then realized I'd rather join the military.

  • 3.

    I joined the Marine Corps, as a reservist.

  • 4.

    I was meritoriously promoted to the rank of corporal, then to the rank of sergeant.

  • 5.

    My unit struggled financially, so we never deployed overseas; it was both a blessing and a letdown.

  • 6.

    While serving, I simultaneously went to community college and obtained my associates degree.

  • 7.

    After my service ended, I went back to school and got my bachelor's degree.

  • 8.

    I now work as a detective for the Westminster Police Dept., focusing on suppressing gang activity.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    You can't do it.

  • How I responded:

    I heard some discouragement from one of my teachers, as well as from a supervisor I now work with. In fact when I was inquiring about law enforcement that supervision told me not to apply. I never understood why people were negative about my goals, because in my mind, I always knew exactly what I wanted, and I knew that I could achieve it. As a result, I've never let anybody's words or actions get in the way of what I wanted to do; whenever I heard discouragement, it only motivated me more.