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Inglewood Police Chief to Address Graduating Students of Springfield College Los Angeles Campus

June 4, 2010

Springfield, Mass. – Officials from Springfield College School of Human Services announced that they will conduct their annual graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 19, 2010 for the nearly 30 students who have petitioned to graduate in June. The estimated figure includes 10 baccalaureate and 19 master’s degree students.

The 10th annual event will begin at 8 a.m. at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center in Torrance, Calif. Robert J. Willey, Jr., Ph.D., dean of the School of Human Services and Nadira K. Charaniya, Ed.D., assistant dean and campus director will preside over the conferring of degrees.

Special guest speaker for the morning will be Jacqueline Seabrooks, chief of police for the Inglewood Police Department. Seabrooks, who is a former state police officer, has been working for residents of Southern California for over 24 years. Throughout her tenure in law enforcement, the Inglewood police chief has served as the commanding officer for the Offices of Criminal Investigations, Operations, and Special Enforcement for the Santa Monica Police Department. She was also responsible for implementing “Operation Safe Streets,” a multi-operational approach to reducing gang violence. As an educator, Seabrooks has been an adjunct faculty member at area colleges and has taught classes in the field of criminal justice. She also has provided training for new recruits at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy. Charaniya says Seabrooks is a strong advocate of education and has demonstrated her commitment by encouraging members of the police department to pursue educational opportunities.

A Los Angeles native, Seabrooks received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in public administration from California State University, Long Beach, and California State University, Dominguez Hills. She is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and the Senior Management Institute for Police.

At the Los Angeles Campus, the Springfield College School of Human Services offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in human services with weekend classes for working adults. The campus is one of 10 regional campuses of the school, in addition to the main campus in Springfield, Mass.

Springfield College was founded in 1885 to train YMCA directors and, since then, has broadened its programs and developed an international reputation in the human and social sciences, health sciences, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The undergraduate program of the School of Human Services is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.

For additional information contact Mark Gregorio, School of Human Services marketing director at (413) 748-3733 or Nadira Charaniya, assistant dean and campus director at (310) 673-5607, ext. 223.

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