San Jac Certified: Former Marine has sights set on career in law enforcement

04.17.2014 | By Rob Vanya

The ultimate career goal of San Jacinto College criminal justice student Aaron Grant is to serve as a federal DEA agent. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing department.


San Jac Certified: Former Marine has sights set on career in law enforcement


QUESTION: What led to your interest in criminal justice at San Jacinto College, and to law enforcement as a career path?

AARON GRANT: I have always valued education, and once I finished my service as a Marine I knew I would attend San Jacinto College. My dad (Gordon Grant), mom (Rebecca Grant), and best friend Eric Mansker all attended San Jacinto College. They had great experiences at the College, and highly recommended it. Law enforcement is a natural choice for me, and it’s actually my passion. My dad is a Harris County deputy sheriff, and he’s always been my hero. Since childhood I have wanted to be an officer of the law like him.

Q: What degree will you earn from San Jacinto College, and what are your future educational and career plans?

GRANT: I am a freshman, and plan to earn an associate degree in criminal justice from San Jacinto College in 2015, and then transfer to the University of Houston, where I will earn a bachelor’s in criminal justice. After that, I will apply for a position as an officer with either the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, or with the Houston Police Department. My ultimate career goal is to work with the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Q: Why would you like to work as a DEA agent?

GRANT: Mainly because of the prestige. I have known some DEA agents, and have always been impressed with their knowledge, dedication, and professionalism. In law enforcement, working with the DEA ranks among the highest positions available. Also, the service the DEA provides is vey important to our nation and community. I have seen first-hand the devastating effects that drugs can have on people and on families. And drug abuse does not just affect certain classes of people, it is a problem with people of every economic level.

Q: How has your experience been so far at San Jacinto College?

GRANT: It’s been very positive and rewarding. What I especially like is the way the professors will go out of their way to provide personal assistance. It shows they really care. Students know they can always go to Jermaine Johnson (criminal justice professor) for help. I also like the practical, hands-on learning. Just this morning we had an HPD officer visit our class to demonstrate proper handcuffing procedures. We regularly have such hands-on training that we will be using in the real world of law enforcement.

Q: There have been cases of police brutality in America, some documented on video. What are your personal feelings on excessive use of force by a law officer?

GRANT: It’s very disturbing to me because law officers hold very important positions of authority and trust, and people need to be able to trust officers. Officers need to live up to the solemn oath they take when they are sworn into office. My personal view is that the authority I have as a law officer is not mine, that authority is delegated and it belongs to the public. That’s why I believe a law officer should always try to maintain humility. It’s like the scripture that states: “to whom much is given, much is required.” Certainly, there can be occasions when excessive force is required to apprehend someone who is armed, or someone who is obviously under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but my personal philosophy is to use a minimal amount of force if at all possible, and certainly to only use deadly force if it absolutely cannot be avoided.  


Aaron Grant lives in Channelview with his wife Abigail and two sons. He graduated from North Shore High School in 2004. After graduation, he served in the Marines for eight years as a military police and in SWAT service, deployed to Iraq during part of that time. In addition to attending college full time, he works in private security for Houston Harris Division Patrol.

San Jacinto College offers criminal justice courses and degree options at the North and Central campuses.


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