Archive for January, 2009

America’s Critical Infrastructure

A 2009 report released yesterday by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the country’s critical infrastructure a cumulative grade of “D”. Critical infrastructure (CI) includes things like roads, bridges, dams, water and waste treatment plants, energy and aviation, to name just a few of the areas receiving very low marks. This ASCE report […]

Academic Honor Societies

As the interdisciplinary nature of public safety continues to grow and mature I am seeing further development of academic honor societies developing as well. Capella has had a chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honor Society) for a couple of years now. Jeff Godwin is the chapter president (please contact him with any […]

Welcome President Obama

Public safety and public service took center stage for a worldwide audience last week as the 44th President of the United States was inaugurated. It was reported that four times the normal security was on hand for the event witnessed by several million citizens. During the President’s speech he spoke eloquently about the country’s history […]

US Airways Flight 1549 and Public Safety

Amazingly, there were no fatalities yesterday when the US Airways Flight 1549 was forced to land in the 32 degree waters of the Hudson River yesterday. One of the major reasons, in addition to the heroics of the flight crew, was the immediate and professional first response of the public safety and private sector agencies […]

Independent or Integrated?

We are just hours away from inaugurating a new President. While this inauguration will be perhaps the most historical ever, we must realize that the decisions made by President Obama will affect public safety. How much public safety will be affected is not known and most likely won’t be known for at last a year. […]

The Economics of Public Safety

As we begin a New Year and reflect on one of the most challenging economic environments in recent decades, we must consider the role of economics and sound Public Safety. The economic strength of the United States is continually under attack and that creating economic upheaval can seriously undermine public safety. In an article written […]

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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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