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Young said an instructor in Somalia impressed upon soldiers the need to continue to educate themselves.
So he took classes in police sciences, then attended courses whenever he could find the time between deployments and police work. He said St. Mary’s is especially understanding of military and police schedules.
“Getting an education was always important to me,” Young said. “It gives you better perspective on life. In my job, you get to see completely different environments, and my education helps me understand them.”
Young’s stint in Somalia has also helped him deal with the Somali population here.
“Besides our Somali officers, I’m maybe the only officer who has actually been to Somalia,” he said.
Young isn’t done yet. Even though he and his girlfriend are expecting their second child, he plans to begin his pursuit of a master’s degree in criminal science.
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