Archive for January, 2008

School Safety: A Public Safety Imperative

The latest report from the U.S. Department of Justice: Bureau of Justice Statistics highlights that there were 35 school associated violent deaths between July 2005 – June 2006 and that during this same period 78% of schools experienced one or more violent incidents of crime. School safety must be a priority in every school district, […]

The Case of Jose Padilla

Jose Padilla, who was arrested for conspiring to detonate a radioactive “Dirty Bomb” as part of an al-Quaida terror attack was sentenced yesterday to 17 years and 4 months in prison . Mr. Padilla was convicted in August with two other defendants for conspiring to support worldwide al-Quaida initiatives. This case, a primary case involving […]

Public Safety and Community Interaction

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) recently presented a translation technology device known as the “Phraselator” that the LAPD has been using since the end of last summer. The Phraselator is a device in which a police officer can choose from a menu of of languages, input a voice command in English, and then that […]

The Suddeness and Intensity of Public Safety incidents

Yesterday a serious motor vehicle accident occurred on Interstate 4 in Florida yesterday that resulted in 70 vehicle accidents and four (4) persons killed. The apparent cause of the accident was a combination of fog and smoke from a nearby controlled burn. Imagine driving along at 70 MPH on a clear highway at the break […]

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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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