Career Development and the Sociology department are hosting Evening with Criminology Professionals!
During this night there will be a short panel and then students will mingle with the participants to discuss their industry. The desire to help students see their options in terms of careers in the field of criminology.
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FBI Polygraph Examiner
Detective for the South Gate Police Department
former Lieutenant of the Pasadena Police Department
Director of OC Crime Labs
Forensic Psychologist with CA Juvenile & Superior Courts
County Deputy District Attorney
– FBI Polygraph Examiner
George Olivo has been with the FBI for 15 years. He completed his undergraduate work at California State University in Long Beach, completing his degree in Business Administration and Capital Budgeting. Prior to joining the FBI he worked as a Real Estate Broker as well as serving in the US Marine Corps Reserve while completing his undergraduate studies. At the age of 32, Agent Olivo joined the FBI, starting in the Bank Robbery/Major Thefts division, where he served for 5 years. He then worked for 8 years in the Counterintelligence Unit, and is now a Polygraph Examiner and has been serving in that role for 2 years
– Director of OC Crime Labs
Bruce Houlihan is Director of the Orange County Crime Laboratory in Orange County, California. Mr. Houlihan completed undergraduate work in Chemistry and Physics at Oral Roberts University, and attended graduate school at the University of California of Irvine (Chemistry), and Vanguard University (Leadership). He has worked at the OC Crime Laboratory for 27 years as a forensic scientist, and also teaches at Vanguard University part-time as an adjunct professor. Mr. Houlihan spent most of his childhood in Japan as the son of missionaries to the Far East.
The Orange County Crime Laboratory is one of the largest crime labs in the U.S., employing approximately 140 specialists, scientists, and support staff who are responsible for over 50,000 evidence items per year. The OC Crime Lab also performs crime scene investigations, and has full analytical services including fingerprinting, DNA, chemistry, firearms, and other forensic disciplines.
Dr. Jody Ward
– Forensic Psychologist
Dr. Jody Ward is a forensic psychologist with an independent practice in Tustin and
is on various Superior Court and Juvenile Court expert panels in Southern California.
Dr. Ward conducts court-appointed and attorney referred evaluations in Superior,
Juvenile, and Federal Courts, and provides expert testimony on various psychological
issues that arise in criminal and civil litigation. She has worked on cases ranging from
misdemeanors to death penalty cases, and her particular areas of expertise include sexual
offending, sexual abuse, and alcohol and substance abuse.
Dr. Ward earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Biola University and did her graduate and PhD degrees at Rosemead School of Psychology. She has been practicing in the field of Forensic Psychology for 14 years.
– former Lieutenant
Retired Lieutenant Riddle was the first African American female in the history of the Pasadena Police Department promoted to the rank of lieutenant. In her 29 years with the police department, she served the community in numerous capacities. She served as the Adjutant to the Chief of Police and Public Information Officer. As a sergeant, detective, and police officer she was assigned throughout the organization as a patrol officer, undercover drug officer, background investigator, and detective investigating robberies, sex crimes, and homicides. Other assignments as a lieutenant included service area commander, community relations, and traffic section.
Currently, Phlunte’ has launched her own consulting company, specializing in board and team development, with an emphasis on Emotional Intelligence Leadership. She is currently a doctoral student at Phillips Graduate Institute studying Psychology and holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from University of La Verne and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University. She is also a graduate of California Command College and a 3-month residency program at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.
Detective Garcia grew up and lived in South Gate for the majority of her life. She attended all local schools and continued her education after High School at East Los Angeles Community College and Rio Hondo College where she ultimately obtained an Associate of Science in Administration of Justice. She is currently working on Bachelors of Science from the University of LaVerne in Organizational Management.
Detective Garcia started her career in law enforcement at 17 years old when she became a Police Explorer for South Gate Police Department. Later, she was hired as a Community Service Officer where she did business license and parking enforcement. Then, at 21 years of age, she was hired as a Police Officer and graduated from Rio Hondo Police Academy. As a police officer, she worked patrol for 5 ½ years and has now been a Detective for 1 ½ years. As a Detective, she started by investigating frauds/identity thefts and financial crimes and now investigates assaults and batteries.
– County Deputy District Attorney
Dayan has served for nearly 15 years as a criminal prosecutor.
He joined the LA County District Attorney’s Office in 1999 with the Victim Impact Prosecution (VIP) Unit, which prosecutes molestation, domestic violence, and rape cases. During these early years, Dayan tried over 70 Felony Jury Trials, including murder and attempted murder cases, for which Dayan secured a 100% conviction rate.
In 2006, Dayan was assigned to the elite Hardcore Gang Division, where he prosecuted violent gang members. In just over six years, Dayan tried over 30 murder cases, including multiple-defendant, complex special circumstances murders, and death penalty cases. In all, Dayan tried 35 Hardcore Gang Cases, with an admirable conviction rate of 97%. In 2012, Dayan was recruited to the Organized Crime Division, which focuses on sophisticated and dangerous organized crime and mafia criminals.
Dayan attained his undergraduate degree from Biola University and his Doctor of Law (JD) degree from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University in Washington D.C. Dayan is running for Los Angeles County as a Superior Court Judge June of this year.