Seeing how God is using Vanguard Alumni is incredible, and Joyce LaPointe ’91 is no exception. She attended Vanguard University on an athletic scholarship for basketball and softball and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology. After graduating Vanguard, Joyce began her career in 1997 with Costa mesa police in 1997. She was hired out of the orange Cuonty sheriff Academy and then worked in patrol, as a field training, bike patrol, traffic and tactical flight officer and as a defensive tactics instructor. In 2006, she earned her private helicopter license. As sergeant, she managed patrol teams, the Field Officers Training Program, jail operations, emergency management, and Force Tactics training. She is also the recipient of the Mothers against Drunk Drivers Century Award and a Life Saving Merit award.
Recently, in September, 18-year police veteran Joyce LaPointe moved into the role of lieutenant, marking the first time a female has held that title in the city of Costa Mesa.
I really don’t look at it as blazing a trail. there have been so many females and so many great leaders who have come before me. They [female officers before her] did all the work. it’s more along the lines of paying it forward for them. It’s now my turn to take the baton and keep moving forward with it.
In her new role, LaPointe will be the commander for Area 1, which is the southern end of town, and will be charged with overseeing patrol officers and quality of life issues for residents and business owners. She was officially sworn in at 9 a.m. Wednesday September 16.
Joyce has received much praise and compliments as she entered into this new position. However, this isn’t the first time that she has made history in the department. She and Sgt. Stephanie Selinske were the department’s first female DUI enforcer officers. In the first three months they had arrested 230 drunk drivers, which was big back then. She was promoted to corporal in 2002 and then sergeant in 2007.
We are so proud of Joyce LaPointe and cannot wait to see how she continues to use her God-given talents.