Homeland Security and Public Safety and Security Management

2007 Oct 25 Posted by Charles

Hello everyone, I intended to mention in my last post that development of Capella’s public safety degree portfolio continues. Yesterday saw the announcement of a new BS degree in Homeland Security and a new BS degree in Security Management.

The field of Homeland Security is evolving and is a source of national attention. Just earlier today I had a conversation with one of the more prolific writers in the field. He helped with some of the exciting texts that are now available for Homeland Security education. Before 9/11 there weren’t many such texts available for students or practitioners. The field is maturing, becoming more sophisticated and I believe helping make the U.S.A. a safer place to live.

Security Management is another focused area, as much of our national infrastructure is indeed protected by private and corporate security. Even some of our communities are protected by private security. I believe that this trend will only continue to grow.

As I mentioned to several chiefs last week in New Orleans at the IACP conference, I believe that education helps our public safety professionals in their job. For me it helped with critical thinking, communication skills, and complex problem solving and analysis. As I reflect back on my 30 years in the public safety field I would have relished these types of degree opportunities.

I think that it is a very exciting time to be in the public safety field. So many colleges and universities are beginning to offer education in this area as a testament to its criticality to our country’s continued success in the future.

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5 Responses to “Homeland Security and Public Safety and Security Management”

Mary Jo Says:

I saw the new BS degrees related to Public Safety, all I can say is yea! Not physically being able to be a police officer and taking all the testing to become involved with Homeland Security and public safety issues in my area I am very glad to see an interest being taken in the education in these fields. I joined the Capella elearner status as Capella was one of two or three Universities that offered a Masters in PSEM. I could find a way to obtain a BS in this field, but none that I could do online for a masters (and truthfully I couldn’t see taking a 2nd BS). I’m pretty convinced the some folks at the agency I work as a info specialist right now, don’t believe in someone can obtain degrees and make themselves a better person without becoming a sworn officer, so it is my goal to not only show them someone can do it, but will be able to move on. My agency was a high profile body on the 2002 Winter Olympics. It was a great experience and I think that’s where I recognized that I didn’t have to be sworn to make a difference in law enforcement.

I think it’s great Capella was a sponsor to IACP, it’s a way to get your name out there and have people take advantage of the new programs as they come out. If only the chiefs will let their agencies know you are out there to further their personnels chance to grow.

Thank you all!

Charles Says:

Hello Mary Jo, thank you for your comment. You are part of a vast and essential non-sworn network of public safety professionals whose role is critical to the everyday success of homeland security, emergency management, law enforcement, police, fire and EMS organizations and operations. I applaud you for advocating education in our field.

Keep working toward your goal. Thanks!
Charles

Charles Says:

Hello Mary Jo, thank you for your comments. My hat is off to you as you are part of a vast and essential non-sworn network of public safety professionals whose role is critical to the everyday success of homeland security, emergency management, law enforcement, police, fire and EMS organizations and operations. I applaud you for advocating education in our field.

Keep working toward your goal.
Charles

Michael Brown Says:

Emergency management, homeland security??? We are already in a policy and funding battle (PSEM)with DHS, and local officials over gaining autonomy as a true science in the emergency management field. The tasks that should belong to EM professionals are being delegated out of ignorance to law enforcement or fire departments not the truly prepared professionals like Capella is preparing. The area of responsibility for criminal justice majors, public safety, and homeland security majors is becoming blurred and that is not advantagious to the country, or our communities. NIMS, ICS and other C3 structures and policies need address this blur at county levels throughout the country.

Jerry Peterson Says:

In response to Michael Browns’ post…I couldn’t agree more. The same delegation of EM responsibilities to a tunnel visioned law enforcement body is clear evidence in my own county where the county sheriff is the EM. This creates compounded issues with extreme biases that can thwart the very concept of an all hazard approach to emergency response. It is frustrating, however the public sector isn’t the only organization to look toward for professional careers, as well as involvment; the private sector is becoming well versed in NIMS, ICS and the “other C3 structures” you speak of. This is encouraging to witness, and it makes sense. Private companies and organizations already have a corporate structure that has the desire to work toward a common goal; this is not only out of profitability and sustainability, it is to ensure the company can continue being one. In stark contrast it seems that the public sector could learn much from them and how to it’s about team work, and not infighting over who is in charge.

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Dr. Steven Barthelmeus
Program Chair,
Public Safety – Criminal Justice/Forensics program, Capella University
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Dr. Shelly Gill
Adjunct Instructor, Capella University
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Dr. Joseph Pascarella
Core Faculty Member, Capella University
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Dr. Jeffrey Rush
Asst. Professor of Criminal Justice/Homeland Security, Dept. of Public Management and Criminal Justice, Austin Peay State University
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Dr. Michael Kemp
Chair, Emergency Management, Capella University
Melissa Beasley
Captain, Florence Alabama Police Department
Darryl Jones
Capella University Learner and Chief, Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire
Dr. Laura Pettler
Investigator for Prosecutorial District Twenty A of North Carolina
Mark Rubin
Capella University Learner
Mark S. Warnick
Capella University Learner, Retired Asst. Fire Chief

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