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Alumni in Criminal Justice

Scott Jones, '91 (Criminal Justice)

Scott Jones started with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department in 1989 as a Security Officer at the then-brand new Main Jail.  As a deputy, he worked in corrections, patrol, and Legal Affairs.  He was assigned as the Department’s legal advisor for over seven years.  He promoted through the ranks to Sergeant, Lieutenant and finally Captain.  He commanded such Bureaus and Divisions as Internal Affairs, Legal Affairs, the Main Jail, and Centralized Investigations Division, and served as an assistant to both the Chief of Corrections and Sheriff McGinness.

Sheriff Jones ran unopposed in 2014 and was re-elected sheriff for a 2nd Term.  As Sheriff, Scott instituted an annual strategic planning process that prioritizes projects and continues to drive the Department forward.  In 2012, he parlayed a federal COPS grant award into a one-of-a-kind multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency gang violence reduction IMPACT Division that has had phenomenal results in youth outreach, reducing gang-related assaults and homicides, and getting weapons off the street.

Sheriff Jones has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from CSU Sacramento, and a Juris Doctor (Law) degree from Lincoln Law School.  He is also a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program.

Sheriff Jones sits on many community and law enforcement boards, including as Vice President of the California Peace Officers Association (CPOA). 

In addition to his duties with the Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Jones is also an adjunct professor at both the community college and state college levels, teaching liability and discipline to newly promoted law enforcement supervisors and managers.