Faculty Spotlight for National Correctional Officers Week
Corey Watson is the Criminal Justice: Corrections Program Director at Carrington College San Leandro and with more than 30 years in the field, we are honored to highlight him for National Correctional Officers Week, which recognizes the importance of all law enforcement professionals and their role in serving our communities.
Prior to joining Carrington College, Watson served as an Area Commander with the rank of Major. He directly managed all the security contracts in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. He also worked for the Butler County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years serving in corrections, court services, patrol, investigations, and as a motor officer, lead explorer advisor, K9 supervisor, school resource officer and criminal justice instructor.
He spent six years working for the Federal Reserve Police Department as a Lieutenant Watch Commander in San Francisco and Captain/Acting Chief Operations Commander for Los Angeles. He supervised background investigators, the K9 team, and Executive Protection Team Special Operations.
As the Program Director for the Criminal Justice: Corrections program, Watson is responsible for supervising instructors, teaching classes, and building the program with years of experience in the field.
“My immediate goal is to build the program up and sustain it with quality students that will make positive contributions to the criminal justice field and greater community,” said Watson. “I like teaching students and sharing the wonderful world of criminal justice with them both through my experiences and with what criminal justice has to offer today,” added Watson.
As a member of The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Watson is well connected to other professionals throughout the industry who can share their experiences on how best to serve their local communities.
Over the years he has received Police Academy Top Academic Honors, three lifesaving awards, three commendation awards, three education awards, and one Deputy of the Quarter while being nominated for the award of “Deputy of the Year” within his local department. His proudest accomplishment was being appointed as Senior/Lead Lieutenant for Watch Operations during the Super Bowl in San Francisco, Calif.
In addition to being a Program Director and a highly awarded professional in his field, Watson is also a BBQ grill master who enjoys the skilled craft of barbecuing during his free time. He has three dogs and loves motorcycles and camping along with spending time with his fiancé.
On May 5, 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation creating “National Correctional Officers Week.” Since then the first full week in May has been marked to commemorate the contributions of correctional officers and personnel who work in temporary holding facilities, jails, prisons, and community corrections across the country.
Learn more about the Criminal Justice: Corrections program at Carrington College.