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Justin Thom, ’08 

Criminal justice

(Federal law enforcement officer at the United States Secret Service Division)

"I realized that I wanted to become a police officer when I was in high school participating in ride-alongs with police officers from different agencies in Minnesota. I started to pursue that career more in college after meeting with other students who were in the same situation I was in. I never thought I would be working for the Secret Service at the age of 24, however. I feel blessed. I would not be where I am today if it were not for the people I have met in my life before and during college. The education that I received at St. Thomas gave me a better understanding of what makes a criminal commit his or her crimes. Understanding that there is no profile of what a criminal looks like gives me the ability to accurately describe in detail what occurred in my reports."