Police honor MiraCosta professor

MiraCosta College professor Al Nyman was named Volunteer of the Year for the Carlsbad Police Department. Courtesy photo

CARLSBAD — Al Nyman has earned a number of titles during his 62 years, including MiraCosta College professor, Grossmont College police chief, U.S. Marine, and San Diego County sheriff’s lieutenant.Now Nyman has a new title: Volunteer of the Year for the Carlsbad Police Department.

The criminal justice instructor who has been teaching at the Oceanside Campus for 37 years was honored at a February event in Carlsbad for his work on the Police Department’s Juvenile Justice Panel.

“It means a great deal to me because being a volunteer gives you a chance to give back to the community,” Nyman said.

Nyman was a founding member of the Carlsbad Police Department’s Juvenile Justice Program, and has volunteered with the panel since 1986. The panel is an intervention and diversion program that aims to change a juvenile’s outlook and behavior before it can lead to more serious crimes. If the offender completes the program, no criminal conviction is noted on his or her record.

“During his 27 years of service, he has been a true friend of the Carlsbad Police

Department, promoting our agency and supporting our officers whenever and wherever possible,” said the nominating form from police Chief Gary Morrison. The nomination form credits Nyman for his “countless hours to our Juvenile Justice Program, going above and beyond, to help us create and maintain a successful `Second Chance’ program for at-risk youth.”

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Nyman spent two years in the Marine Corps before joining the Grossmont College Police Department, working his way up to chief at that East County campus. He spent the next three decades with the U.S. Marshals Office and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department before retiring several years ago as a watch commander at the Vista jail. While serving as a law enforcement officer, Nyman simultaneously worked as a professor at MiraCosta College and was instrumental in helping to build the MiraCosta College Criminal Justice Program, Connolly said.

The Carlsbad Police Department is just one of the agencies for which Nyman volunteers. He has been helping out at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside since 2006.

“I want to be remembered as someone who helped others,” Nyman said. “Somebody who helped make the community better, who helped change someone’s life.”

 

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