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Tiffany Scott, Berkeley College alumna

Berkeley College Graduate Begins Growing Career in the NYPD

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Tiffany Scott initially transferred to Berkeley College, taking courses in White Plains, NY, in search of an educational environment where she could become more actively involved. By the time she graduated from Berkeley College in 2012 with a B.S. in Justice Studies – Criminal Justice, she found herself prepared for a career path that would lead her to the New York City Police Academy.

A resident of Mount Vernon, NY, Ms. Scott had long been fascinated by law enforcement, and her first foray into the field began with a work-study program arranged by Berkeley College in the Town Hall of Greenburgh, NY. Getting exposure to several town departments, the work-study led to internships with the Greenburgh Town Court and Greenburgh Police Department, followed by an actual position offer and placement. “A few months after I was finished with classes, the Greenburgh Police Department hired me part-time before hiring me full-time as a Data Entry Operator in 2014,” she said

Ms. Scott went on to graduate from the New York City Police Academy in July 2016, and has been serving as an officer in Police Service Area #8 in the Bronx, NY. She credits Berkeley College’s professors and Career Services Department with helping her become more disciplined and punctual, two important traits for a law enforcement professional. “Transferring to Berkeley College is by far one of the best decisions I have ever made,” she said.

Berkeley College 85th anniversary success story
Close up with Tiffany Scott

What does success mean to you?

Success means working diligently to reach my goals and aspirations, by using all options available to reach my destination.

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?

I was attending a different college and wanted to transfer. I felt like I needed a new start. I wanted to transfer to a different school and be more involved with extra-curricular activities the school had to offer.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

The Career Services Department is very helpful. They help you with resume writing and try to find a job that suits you and is within your major. The professors are also very passionate about their job and offer extra help if you need it.

In which way(s) do you see yourself being successful in the future?

I see myself moving up within the ranks of the police department.

What advice would you offer today’s college-bound students?

Take advantage of everything your college has to offer. You have to make the effort. Not everything will be handed to you.

What was your most memorable moment at Berkeley College?

The most memorable moment was when I interviewed for the work-study program in Greenburgh Town Hall. After being chosen for the position, it opened doors for me to work with different town departments, and later get hired by the town as a Data Entry Operator.

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