Community Rising Stars: Barbara Toohey

 I chose UCR Extension because it offered the best certificate.

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UCR Extension Provides Second Career

As a single mother living in Santa Barbara, Barbara Toohey had worked many jobs over the years to provide for herself and her only son. So you might expect that she might want to retire and relax in the beautiful South Coast hamlet when she reached her late 50's.

And you would be wrong.

Now, at age 62, Toohey is the crime analyst for the Santa Barbara Police Department. She trained for the position while spending 18 months earning a certificate in Crime and Intelligence Analysis from UCR Extension in November of 2005.

Perhaps more impressive is the fact that Toohey commuted from Santa Barbara to Riverside for the 18 month program, with the Santa Barbara PD picking up the tab for her hotel and education. The reason she chose to make the commute was simple, she said.

"UCR Extension is one of three schools in California that offer this certificate," she explained. "I chose UCR Extension because it offered the best certificate."

Toohey said despite the long commute, she loved the classes at UCR Extension. At least one of her instructors continued to assist her as Barbara worked on her new job.

"I thought the program was really great," Barbara said. "My son was really proud."

She was officially hired for the job in July of 2006. Today, she helps about 135 police officers, providing them with statistical information about crime in their town. As the city's only crime analyst, her eyes scan the streets more thoroughly. Her ears listen more keenly. Santa Barbara's common crime problems include auto thefts, credit card fraud and burglaries. But overall, Toohey describes Santa Barbara as "pretty quiet for a party town."

In addition to her analyst job, Toohey manages an apartment building for low income seniors.

"I have my eyes open in this town," she said.

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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UC Riverside Extension Center
1200 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92507-4596

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