Alumni Success: Candace Walker

Candace Walker was recently named a 2018 40 under 40 award recipient by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Walker is currently working at as the Atlanta Police Department Crime Laboratory Director. 

While at Loyola, she majored in Biology with a minor in Forensic Chemistry. She believes that the forensic classes she took at Loyola helped prepare her for the career field that she was so passionate about. Walker accredits Loyola for instilling servant leadership within her. She states, “Servant leadership is what my whole career is based on. I am able to use the Jesuit ideals and the organizational skills I learned from being so involved during my time there”.

Shortly after graduation, she was hired by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, where she began her professional career. Walker is humbled to receive the award and pleased to know that her colleagues believe in what she is doing, as well as provided her the motivation to do even more for her community. She gives her advice to current students or alumni looking to enter her field by stating, “The field is so broad, there are many skillsets that are wanted and needed. Also, don’t believe everything you see on television”.

The 40 under 40 program recognizes 40 law enforcement professionals under the age of 40 from around the world. These individuals demonstrate leadership and epitomize the dedication to their professional careers. Walker will receive her award at the 125th IACP Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida this October.





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