Archive for February, 2011

The Killing of Officer David S. Crawford

We are outraged and saddened by the death of Officer David S. Crawford, 46, a 25-year veteran of the St. Petersburg, Florida, Police Department. This follows the deaths of two St. Petersburg officers, and the wounding of a U.S. Marshal, on January 24, 2011 ( Is there anything the law enforcement community can do, that […]

March is National Criminal Justice Month

To learn more about this congressional recognition, please read the following press release provided by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and visit their website at

Did you know? “Forensics Mental Health”

In Q2, Capella is introducing an exciting new public safety/forensics multidisciplinary course, “Forensics Mental Health”, in which learners apply knowledge of the mental health field to a variety of criminal and civil proceedings. Learners examine the ways common mental health practices and procedures are integrated in the legal system, including use of the Diagnostic and Statistical […]

“Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role in the Pretrial Release and Detention Process”

“The International Association of Chiefs of Police, in a collaborative effort with the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) and The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has released a report: Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role in the Pretrial Release and Detention Process” (IACP, 2011).

Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery

As reported on the Office of Justice website (, “Every day, federal, state, and local law enforcement officers engage in exceptional acts of bravery while in the line of duty. Often, such acts place the officers involved at personal risk of injury or result in their sustaining a physical injury. To honor these acts of […]

11 Law Enforcement Officers Shot in a 24 Hour Period

Earlier in the month, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reported that beginning on Sunday, January 23, a tragic wave of violence against America’s law enforcement officers took place, with 11 officers shot within a 24 hour time frame in 5 states. In addition, it was reported that gunfire fatalities has claimed the lives […]

Capella University Faculty Member Co-Authors New Books

Dr. Henry Christen, a faculty member with the School of Public Service Leadership, has co-authored two books, one on responding to terrorism and another on the National Incident Management System It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Christen has co-authored a new book that is a pragmatic guide for responding to terrorism incidents. “Homeland […]

Educational Alliance with the NSA

We are very pleased to announce that the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among those in the criminal justice and public safety fields, has formed an educational alliance with Capella University.

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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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