Alumni Journeys: solving crimes - Aspen Country Day School


Alumni Journeys: solving crimes

January 14, 2022

Carryn Barker ’06, from pre-med to law enforcement

“ACDS taught me the importance of teamwork, and to never give up on your dreams! The teachers would always push us to be better and teach us to love achieving our goals.”

– Carryn Barker ’06, left, shown at S.W.A.T. training

What are you up to today? 

I work as a detective for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. I am also on the S.W.A.T. Team. More importantly, I am a momma to an amazing 1.5 year old boy, Tyler. 

Carryn, on the left in both photos, with her son and her classmate Kyra Gabow ’06; the two Aardvarks are still best pals

How did you choose your current career?

I was planning to go to medical school. My senior year in college, I was working as an EMT. I found that I hated hospitals, but I loved going on calls and ride-alongs with law enforcement. So I went to the police academy right after I graduated. Now that I’m working as a detective, I actually use my biology and a lot of what I studied in college, because there’s a lot of forensic science involved in what we do.

The class of 2006 counted 16 graduates

You were in Fourth Grade when 9-11 happened. Did that have an influence on your path?

Perhaps, yes. I was feeling I needed to do something to make the world a little better, and this is a way I found to do that. We do everything, homicides to burglaries, but my primary focus is sex assaults involving kids. The work is hard, because obviously these are bad people, but to be able to put them in jail and give the victim a little peace of mind is rewarding.

School days: buddy grades, studying with friends, and at the Wheeler for Play Week

Favorite memory and core value at Aspen Country Day School?

Sail boat races across the pond on Blue and Green Day! And for a core value, perseverance! Definitely had a few mountains to climb to get where I am at today, but it was so worth it. I learned that no matter how far fetched your goal is, the sky is the limit if you set your mind to something. 

In this video from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, Barker and her partner describe entering a burning trailer to rescue an unconscious woman.

Blue team or Green team?