Degree Programs

Criminal Justice Careers: Becoming A Special Agent

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Feb 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Boredom is not a problem when you work for the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.

Drug smuggling, money laundering, terrorism threats, child exploitation and human trafficking investigations.

These are just some of the many tasks U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) special agents deal with daily.

Saint Leo alumnus Christopher Martinez spent 27 years in a federal law enforcement career with ICE/HSI that took him across the United States and abroad in Central and South America.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

Opportunity To Study Counterterrorism And Homeland Security Abroad

Posted by Saint Leo University Online on Feb 17, 2015 8:00:00 AM

On-ground and online criminal justice students may be interested in a one-of-a-kind course in Israel.

Saint Leo is educating tomorrow’s counterterrorism and homeland security experts not only through online and on-campus courses, but also through a special program abroad in Israel.

“This course is the experience of a lifetime and is not offered by any other college or university,” says Robert Sullivan, regional academic director and criminal justice instructor.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Careers: Getting Started In Law Enforcement

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Feb 9, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Considering going into law enforcement? Associate Professor Dr. Phillip Neely provides some insight into the field gleaned from a successful 20-year career.

Dr. Phillip Neely’s journey to a law enforcement career stemmed from a determination to work for the criminal justice system — and not be in the system.

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Topics: Criminal Justice

Looking To Move Up In Public Safety Administration?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 4, 2014 7:53:00 AM

Here are 10 things you need to know about Saint Leo’s graduate programs in criminal justice and critical incident management – plus a podcast with all the details.

If you’ve been working in public safety for a while, there are numerous reasons why you might be thinking about a master’s degree:

  • You want to gain in-depth knowledge of specific issues such as corrections, emergency management or forensics.

  • You’d like to move up into a management-level position and an advanced degree will set you apart from your competition.
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Topics: Criminal Justice, Critical Incident Management

The Value Of A Graduate Degree In Law Enforcement

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Oct 21, 2014 7:49:00 AM

Eileen Powell is Florida Highway Patrol’s first female troop commander in North Florida. Earning a graduate degree helped prepare her for the position.

For Eileen Powell, the decision to pursue a master's of business administration (MBA) online was not just a professional determination to diversify her skills and increase her employability – it was a highly personal one.

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Topics: MBA, Criminal Justice

Critical Incident Management: A Career With Impact

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Sep 11, 2014 8:10:00 AM

What do community celebrations, rock concerts, Major League Baseball games, and hurricanes have in common? They are all events that require critical incident management expertise.

Critical incident managers think about the things that the average person does not.

Before any big event occurs, local law enforcement, along with other government agencies, has spent weeks, if not months, preparing for the show to go on.

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Topics: Criminal Justice, Critical Incident Management

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

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