Captain Bruce McAlpine, Sergeant Tom Rasso, Chief Todd Mattern, President Scott Dalrymple and Los Alamitos Campus Director Carl David stand with the graduates. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel courtesy of the Orange County Breeze.

Captain Bruce McAlpine, Sergeant Tom Rasso, Chief Todd Mattern, President Scott Dalrymple and Los Alamitos Campus Director Carl David stand with the graduates. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel courtesy of the Orange County Breeze.

In a special ceremony aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, on Jan. 9, three Los Alamitos police officers received their Columbia College bachelor degree diplomas and honors cords.

Sergeant Chris Karrer, Corporal Chris Anderson and Corporal Kain Gallaugher completed their degrees in general studies with minors in criminal justice. President Scott Dalrymple, Los Alamitos Police Chief Todd Mattern and Los Alamitos Campus Director Carl David presented the diplomas.

From left to right, Los Alamitos Police Corporal Kain Gallaugher, Sergeant Chris Karrer, Corporal Chris Anderson and Chief Todd Mattern. Photo courtesy of Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

From left to right, Los Alamitos Police Corporal Kain Gallaugher, Sergeant Chris Karrer, Corporal Chris Anderson and Chief Todd Mattern. Photo courtesy of Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

The Los Alamitos campus and the police department hold a special relationship through Columbia College’s Partners in Law Enforcement program. The program allows law enforcement officers to convert the successful completion of their police academy training into 24 semester hours of course equivalencies toward a degree.

With the graduation of these three officers, the entire Los Alamitos police force is now college educated at the baccalaureate level or higher.

For more, read these stories:

“Three Los Al PD officers earn degrees from Columbia College”Orange County Breeze

“Los Alamitos police make the grade with educated police force”Behind the Badge OC