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Larry Peelen

Larry Peelen

Los Angeles Police Department

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Larry's work combines: Armed Services, Law, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Forensic Print Specialist III

I recover and analyze evidence from crime scenes, ranging from homicides to auto burglaries.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Forensic Science Technicians:

High School

Bachelor's Degree

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I dropped out of high school as a teen; by the age of 17, I knew I had to do something with my life.

  • 2.

    I decided to join the Navy; it was the best decision I've ever made—I believe everyone should serve.

  • 3.

    After getting out, I spent time working part-time and focused on raising my three children.

  • 4.

    My ex-wife, who worked for the City of Los Angeles, told me the LAPD was hiring.

  • 5.

    The hiring process took two years; in that time, my wife and I separated, and I moved to New York.

  • 6.

    After living in New York for a month, I decided to move back to LA; 3 days later, the LAPD called.

  • 7.

    They invited me in for another interview, and here we are.

  • 8.

    I was lucky to be in the right spot at the right time, but I also took actions to shape my own fate.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Parents:

    You're on your own.

  • How I responded:

    My dad taught me how not to be a dad; he barely fulfilled the absolute minimum requirements necessary to be a father. Needless to say, he was not very motivating. It might sound sad to say I didn't have a large supporting cast, but I think that taught me to be a self-motivated person. I always knew that the only person I had to rely on was myself, so I always put my best effort forward and worked hard. As a result, I have a great family and a job that makes me excited to get up in the morning.