Criminal Justice Student Seeks Career to Help People

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by Eric Jensen

Taylor McGrew is a self-described “police department brat,” so it’s no surprise the Port Lavaca resident is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in criminal justice at Victoria College.

She was inspired by her mother, who was a Port Lavaca Police Department dispatcher for 23 years and currently serves as a department supervisor, and her aunt, who works as a dispatcher at the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.

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Taylor McGrew

“I’ve grown up around it and gotten to know everybody in the department,” McGrew said with a smile.

The second-year student takes many of her classes online and plans to transfer to Sam Houston State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice after earning her AAS degree at VC. She said she is keeping an open mind as to her law enforcement career options.

“I’ll keep going as far as the degree will let me and take all the classes I can,” she said. “I want to help people. The law enforcement job I take will depend more on if I have a family at home and what age I am at the time.”

She considers the possibility of joining the FBI and serving in a desk job or research position.

Right now, McGrew finds her online classes “really interesting; it’s never the same.” She especially enjoys those classes dealing with assisting others.

McGrew credits her instructors for making the course understandable, yet challenging.

“I was influenced by the amazing workers from the Port Lavaca Police Department, such as my mom, Chief James Martinez, and all the other employees,” she said.

She is already receiving law enforcement experience through police ride-alongs with Port Lavaca officers. She also works as a dispatcher for the Palacios Police Department.

“I get to take 9-1-1 calls, see everything played out, and be hands-on,” McGrew said, describing her job.

When not working and studying, McGrew enjoys kick-boxing, exercising, and cleaning her house.

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