Business Administration & Emergency Services Management
Criminal Justice Management & Public Administration
Education: M.A. Public Administration, National University
Throughout his 32 years of law enforcement experience with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, John Andrews was frequently assigned to work in diverse communities. As a young patrol deputy, he worked in communities such as: Duarte, Lynwood, South San Gabriel, Rosemead, El Monte, Arcadia/Monrovia, Pico Rivera, Sunland/Tujunga, Bradbury Estates, and La Canada. To be an effective officer, he needed to know the community and the particular problems that concerned residents. As a supervisor and middle manager, he became familiar with political and cultural concerns in providing law enforcement services such as: working to provide security on the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Blue and Green Lines, as well as bus routes and stops throughout the Los Angeles County and Los Angeles City areas; as a Watch Commander he frequently investigated citizen complaints and attended city meetings; in the merging of the Los Angeles Community College District into the Sheriff's Department, he needed to meet both student and facility interests.
As a Lieutenant and Acting Commander, his contributions to promote diversity within the organization were in the areas of training, such as domestic violence and sexual harassment. He also had the opportunity to provide career guidance to various people who set their sights lower than their abilities and now, have moved up in the organization. In various communities, he feels better knowing that today, more people think favorably about the fairness of law enforcement through his efforts; some of this was accomplished through "conflict-resolution."
Andrews worked with charitable organizations such as the United Way, "999 Kids," to raise money for handicapped children's athletic equipment, and the SANE Telethon which raised funds to educate junior high and high schools students about the dangers of drug use.
Throughout his career, Andrews recognized the need to further his formal education, the completion of which provided him with the confidence to find answers to questions and present solutions to problems, given any challenge. He received his B.A. from California State University, Long Beach in Journalism, and an A.A. in Police Science within his first ten years with the Sheriff's Department. He graduated from National University with a Master's in Public Administration, just after retiring from law enforcement. Whether a leader in law enforcement or the classroom, Andrews believes in and speaks strongly of the importance education has in everyone's life.
As a member of the Sheriff's Department, Andrews often served in positions of power. Ethically, he tried to ensure that the right decisions were made every day, no matter the persons involved. " I exercised my leadership skills so that others knew what to expect through my example. I have dealt with people in riots, accidents, death circumstances, arrests, jail, and custody settings, as well as birth and life saving situations; all which have taught me that, although experience helps, it is always different than you expected; the bottom line is, don't under estimate the circumstances or the people involved."
His experience has also placed him in the front of classrooms where he performs training at briefings, trains cadets at the Sheriff's and Los Angeles Fire Academies, at Rio Hondo Junior College, and conducts various seminars. "You can never know too much about your subject."