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“Ex-Offender Re-entry Programs Need More Attention”

In a article, author, Chairman, CEO and President of Business Computer Applications (BCA), Albert Woodard asks, “How can ex-offenders find and keep a job and/or a marriage partner?” Woodward’s frank and thought provoking commentary highlights this ongoing social problem.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The month of October marks the eighth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). For further information, please see the the Homeland Security webpage at

The Attacks in Norway

We join the Norwegian people in mourning the death of those lost in the recent terrorist attack. It is alleged that on July 22, 2011, 32-year-old, Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian citizen, bombed government buildings in Oslo, Norway, and was also responsible for the mass killing at a Labour Party youth camp (on the island […]

INFORMATION SHARING: State, Local and Tribal (SLT) Based Domestic Security

I was excited to learn that the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is offering FREE training to state local and tribal (SLT) agencies to better participate in the Information Sharing Environment (ISE).

In Memory of “Kane”

Being an ex-canine officer, I was especially saddened and moved by the press release regarding “Kane”, a decorated police canine and six year veteran of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office (State of Washington). Kane died of multiple stab wounds as a result of performing his professional duties (apprehending an escaped suspect). My thoughts go out […]

2C-E: Is it a Law Enforcement Gray Area?

2C-E (sometimes known as ‘Europa’) is one of a dangerous class of drugs that may be only a molecule different from similar banned drugs and are not specifically listed as a “Schedule I” controlled substance. It can be purchased online. Note that the Drug Enforcement Administration has concluded that substance counts as an illegal drug […]

Amber Alerts: Could social networks such as Twitter and Facebook be used like an Emergency Broadcast system?

Please see the very informative IACP, Center for Social Media article, “Amber Alert Gets Social”, By Mark Economou. What are your thoughts?

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

“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).

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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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