The law enforcement and public safety field is vast, with a number of career paths available to those looking to serve and protect.
No matter what profession you are in, the more you learn the better.
While many entry-level positions in public safety don't require a college degree, the rewards and opportunities are great for those who choose to go back to school.
Here are some of the ways your police or law enforcement career could benefit if you earn a criminal justice bachelor’s or master’s degree in law enforcement leadership.
If you are active duty military or a veteran looking for a second career after the armed services, a career in law enforcement or criminal justice often seems like a natural choice.
Building a successful, fulfilling and long career in law enforcement requires commitment, resilience and passion.
The importance of education in the law enforcement field has been long debated.
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was shot by police officers in Ferguson, Missouri setting off protests and igniting a nationwide conversation around police community relations, race, inequality and poverty. Over time the situation has only escalated.
Technological innovations have been changing the law enforcement landscape.
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Law enforcement in the 21st century is evolving rapidly, as police face new threats and challenges along with increased scrutiny from the public and the media.
According to The Police Chief magazine, as well as many industry experts, there is a leadership crisis in the law enforcement industry.
SAN DIEGO, CA. – According to numerous interviews with local law enforcement organizations, a new approach to criminal justice education is needed.
San Diego police officers and deputy sheriffs gave an inside perspective to the benefits and challenges of officer body cameras during a seminar and discussion at the University of San Diego.
There is a special bond that exists between law enforcement officers and the community they serve, and this bond has never been more important or more precarious than it is today.
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Erik Fritsvold, Associate Professor at USD’s Professional and Continuing Education, is joined by Brian Marvel, President of the San Diego Police Officer’s Association, to discuss the Fall 2015 launch of the university’s onli…
San Diego Union Tribune Article on USD’s New Masters in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership
Reprinted from San Diego Uniton Tribute
LINDA VISTA — The University of San Diego is launching an online master’s degree this fall designed to help fill leadership gaps at local police agencies and elsewhere with instruction focused on skills such as communication, community engagement and management.