He decided to give law enforcement a try, now he’s a top detective at the Tustin PD


Ryan Newton was 21 and in epic shape from surfing and beach volleyball when he saw a notice about orientation at the Criminal Justice Training Center at Golden West College for those considering a career in law enforcement. He knew he could ace the physical test. He wasn’t sure about the rest. “I really just needed a job,” said Newton, a San Clemente High School graduate who at the time was taking general education classes at Saddleback College. “I didn’t even know what the Penal Code was.” Newton showed up to the orientation 15 minutes late. The doors were closed.…

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