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Christine Carns

Christine Carns

Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department

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Christine's work combines: Government, Law, and Upholding a Cause and Belief

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Day In The Life

Homicide Detective

I am a retired homicide detective who dedicated 33 years of my life in law enforcement.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Criminal Justice/Police Science

    California State University, Fullerton

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

Bachelor's Degree: Criminal Justice/Police Science

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    I was the daughter of an alcoholic father who unfortunately passed at a young age, which made my life at home really difficult.

  • 2.

    I used athletics as a way to escape from the chaos in my house. My athleticism inspired me to start a judo club as an independent contractor.

  • 3.

    I went on a ride-along with an LAPD officer, which sparked my interest in law enforcement.

  • 4.

    I entered college with an athletic scholarship and majored in criminal justice. The classes I took prepared me for the police academy.

  • 5.

    Once I decided to become an LA County sheriff, I had to start in jail as did other people. After the academy, I was assigned to a patrol station.

  • 6.

    During those 5 years as a patrol deputy, I became a training officer for the new deputies that came to the station.

  • 7.

    After a while, I decided that I wanted to do something different in my career, so I became an undercover detective.

  • 8.

    I worked as an undercover detective for 9 years then decided to become a homicide detective for 17 years before retiring. In those 17 years, I had my own accomplishments along the way as well.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    Because law enforcement was predominantly male, my biggest noise was that I was a woman.

  • How I responded:

    I dealt with this discouragement by not letting my physical appearance define me. It was through my skills and hard work that helped me overcome this noise.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Being a woman