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5 TED Talks Every Criminal Justice Major Should Watch

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Aug 19, 2014 7:58:00 AM

If you’re studying criminal justice – or are already working in the field – you might want to check out these TED Talks for some insight and inspiration.

You’re doing all you can to prepare for a future in the criminal justice filed. You’re working hard in your online criminal justice degree program studying law enforcement, corrections and the courts. You peruse weekly crime reports and follow the national conversation on homeland security.  You tap into related blogs and websites.

Think you’re ready?

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Topics: Criminal Justice

Faith Enables Cancer Survivor To Earn Online Criminal Justice Degree

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 15, 2014 7:23:00 AM

Carol Cuffee, this year’s Rogich Award recipient, is a mom and grandmother. She served with the Navy in Afghanistan. And she beat breast cancer for the second time while earning a college degree.

Carol Cuffee is not the type of person who gives up.

Born prematurely at 3 pounds, Carol was so tiny that even her father, a minister, had trouble believing that she could pull through. She came home from a Savannah hospital in an incubator, but every time the wind blew, the power went out to the very machine that was keeping her alive. Her mother, however, refused to give up on her little girl and held tightly to her faith that she would survive.

Carol keeps that faith today, carrying it through the twists and turns her life has taken in her career, motherhood and health.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Careers: Preparing For The Unpredictable

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jun 12, 2014 7:34:00 AM

Haines City police captain and Saint Leo alumnus, Brian McNulty, enhances his critical incident management knowledge with a Saint Leo graduate degree.

Hurricane Katrina. Columbine. Newtown. 9/11. The Boston Marathon bombing. Whether they’re caused by violence, terrorism, or natural disasters, critical incidents, unfortunately, are a part of life in modern society.

And when you’re a law enforcement officer, like Saint Leo University alumnus Brian McNulty, it’s your job to prepare for and try to prevent these events from happening, as well as manage the fall-out, if they do.

In today’s world the need for critical incident management is more of a vital component to every agency than ever before. There’s a saying ‘it’s not if it will happen, but when it will happen,’” says McNulty, the captain of Florida’s Haines City Police Department.

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Topics: Criminal Justice, Critical Incident Management

To Protect And Serve

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on May 13, 2014 7:38:00 AM

Members of the Saint Leo community reflect upon the meaning of duty and sacrifice in law enforcement during National Police Week.

For many who enter criminal justice careers, the work they do is not just work. It is a calling or sense of commitment that keeps them going no matter what challenges or dangers they face.

The risks involved with the profession sadly were exemplified recently when a Saint Leo University alumna was killed in the line of duty.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Chelsea Richard was investigating a car accident in Marion County on May 3 when she and two others were struck by a pickup truck. Richard was a nine-year veteran of the Highway Patrol and was pursuing her master’s degree in criminal justice online at Saint Leo.

“There is nothing routine about being in law enforcement. You put your life on the line every time you put on your uniform,” said Dr. Robert Diemer, Director of Saint Leo University’s Graduate Criminal Justice Program who began his career as an officer and has 35 years of law enforcement experience. “Yet everyday officers such as Trooper Richard are willing to face the dangers because of their commitment to serving the public.”

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Topics: Criminal Justice

5 Things Every Graduating Criminal Justice Student Needs To Know

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Apr 17, 2014 8:09:00 AM

Faculty offer advice for graduates of on-ground or online criminal justice degree programs looking to land a job in the field.

It’s the day you’ve envisioned for years – your graduation from college with a degree in criminal justice – and you can’t wait to put all that knowledge to use in the real world.

Whether you’re looking to launch a career in law enforcement, corrections, the courts and judicial system or private security, you’re ready to do whatever it takes to land your dream job.

To help you start that process, here’s our gift to you: some sage advice from Saint Leo University criminal justice educators, seasoned professionals who’ve been there and done that and offer a few critical tips you need to know before stepping into the real world of criminal justice.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

Future Crime Scene Investigator Models Strength For Her Daughters

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Feb 13, 2014 10:37:00 AM

It has been said that you never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

No more discussion posts to develop. No more papers to write. No more textbooks to read.

Beth Grimes from Auburndale, Fla. has completed Saint Leo’s online criminal justice degree program, specializing in criminalistics – including an invaluable internship with the crime scene unit at the Tampa Police Department.

Like so many online students, Beth says that one of the reasons she decided to pursue a college degree was to be a role model for her family. While many adult learners want to emphasize for their children the importance of education and the qualities of determination and commitment required to achieve a degree, Beth’s motivation was slightly different.

“I chose to go back to school out of necessity,” she says, “but I also wanted to show my girls that even through adversity, you can make something of yourself.”

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Topics: Criminal Justice

Study Homeland Security And Counterterrorism In Israel

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Feb 6, 2014 6:38:00 AM

Saint Leo students can learn from experts about counterterrorism tactics and measures during an eight-day course in Israel.

This spring, students in any of Saint Leo University’s on-ground or online criminal justice degree programs have the opportunity to participate in a unique, advanced homeland security course being held in Israel.

The intensive, eight-day course – Terrorism in Israel – will focus on critical issues regarding terrorism philosophy, tactics, methodology, and the ancient origins of this global threat. It will take place May 16-24.

While visiting Haifa, the Gaza Strip, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Masada, the Dead Sea, and Israel's northern border, students will learn about counterterrorism tactics and measures from the world’s foremost authorities on the subject: the Israeli Defense Forces (I.D.F.), the Israeli National Police, the Massad, and Israeli Special Forces.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Careers | What's It Like To Be A Bomb Tech? Part 2

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 29, 2013 7:42:00 AM

A major with the State Fire Marshal’s Office and a Saint Leo instructor, Brandon Ball gets a lot of questions from his online students about criminal justice careers, including his duties as a bomb tech.

As a boy growing up in central Florida, Brandon Ball always knew he’d become a firefighter.

His father and grandfather were firefighters, both retired chief officers from the Avon Park Fire Department in Highlands County. That made the local fire station Ball’s second home.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Careers | What's It Like To Be A Bomb Tech? Part 1

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 27, 2013 7:12:00 AM

Check out the video of a sophisticated robot called Boots used by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit in the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Brandon Ball keeps his gold Ford Explorer packed with gear you don’t find in the back of just any law enforcement officer’s vehicle.

A 100-pound Kevlar bomb suit with a 30-pound helmet. Flack vest. X-ray equipment.

And a sophisticated 180-pound robot called Boots.

Boots has six cameras, video and audio capability, a weapons system, the ability to climb stairs, grab objects, and destroy improvised explosive devices.

Plus the scars from five bullets taken in the line of duty.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

Who Dunnit? Summer Reads For Online Criminal Justice Degree Students

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 16, 2013 8:33:00 AM

Looking for a good mystery or crime novel? Here are few suggestions from some Saint Leo criminal justice faculty.

Before you know it, summer and vacation season will be over.

And so will your excuse to enjoy some well-deserved downtime by the pool or at the beach with an interesting read.

While you don’t have to be an online criminal justice degree student to enjoy a good mystery or crime novel, here are some ideas from a few of Saint Leo’s criminal justice faculty.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

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