The recent Ebola crisis has underscored the world’s need for a highly skilled, well-educated public safety workforce. In the United States alone, states and communities across the nation are faced with threats never before imagined. Criminal activity or disasters are no longer seen as extreme events. The public demand for appropriate and effective responses requires trained and educated professionals within this field. Pandemic infectious diseases, security threats, criminal activity, as well as, other unprecedented community tragedies, are in the headlines daily.

Professional positions within the criminal justice, public safety, disaster preparedness, emergency management, and fire science fields are some of the fastest growing work force segments in the United States. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the labor force is projected to increase by 10.5 million by 2020, with one of the largest projected increases found within the “Community and Social Assistance” sector. (

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