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One of the most beneficial aspects of Chad Lucero’s program in criminal justice was his internship with the Glendale Police Department. Taken for credit during his last semester, Chad worked as a cold case property investigator, which means he worked on property crime cases that had no immediate leads. However, through the experience he also received hands-on practice in many facets of law enforcement.
“One of the most interesting things I was able to do is help process a crime scene,” says Chad. “Another really cool thing was to see how the police department prepares for big changes to the city.” The city of Glendale is planning to build an entertainment district. “They’re looking at the changes in the number of visitors, possible new patrols and the sidewalks for safety measures so that they can take a more proactive approach to keeping the community safe.”
Chad decided to pursue an internship to better prepare himself for a career in law enforcement after graduation. He felt that having an internship under his belt was incredibly important when applying for jobs.
“In law enforcement, there can be a thousand applications for 10 positions,” says Chad. “I need something to set myself apart from the others. With this internship, I have practical experience in the field.”