ALL TOPICS TAGGED: criminal justice

June 1, 2020

How to Become an Arson Investigator

A career in arson investigation is a unique combination of fire science knowledge and criminal justice skills. Arson investigators examine scenes where fires occurred to identify their cause and determine if any criminal activity was involved. In this article, we explore how to become an arson investigator, as well as an arson investigator’s responsibilities, an industry outlook, and additional resources.

April 28, 2020

Criminal Justice Careers: Police Ranks Explained

Even if you’ve never considered a career in criminal justice, you’ve likely noticed that police officers have a range of different titles before their names. What do those ranks mean? What’s the difference between a corporal and a sergeant? What makes someone a detective? And who’s in charge? In this article, we provide a basic breakdown of police ranks.

March 19, 2020

The Importance of Public Service

The term “public service” brings to mind government agencies, first responders putting their lives on the line, nurses administering vaccines at the community health clinic, and more. Public service encompasses all of these facets and then some. In this article, we explore the importance of public service and lay out four reasons why you may want to serve your community in your career.

February 11, 2020

4 Technological Advances Changing Law Enforcement

New developments are taking shape every day in law enforcement technology, making it easier to prevent and fight crime. In this article, we discuss four technological advances in law enforcement: (1) machine learning and artificial intelligence, (2) better electronic monitoring systems, (3) pre-crime technology, and (4) improved officer protection.

November 18, 2019

Q&A: Addressing Threats to U.S. Borders and Cybersecurity

In Part 3 of "Addressing Threats to U.S. Borders and Cybersecurity," a webinar hosted by Columbia Southern University, Dr. Tamara Mouras and Dr. Sancho Manzano answered viewer questions. This article is a transcript of the Q&A portion of that webinar.

October 11, 2019

How the U.S. Border Patrol Addresses Drug Smuggling, Human Trafficking and Terrorist Travel

In Part 2 of "Addressing Threats to U.S. Borders and Cybersecurity," a webinar hosted by Columbia Southern University, Dr. Tamara Mouras reviewed the mission of the U.S. Border Patrol and how it addresses drug smuggling, human trafficking and terrorist travel. This article is a transcript of Dr. Mouras' portion of that webinar.

October 4, 2019

Protecting U.S. Borders Using Cybersecurity

In Part 1 of "Addressing Threats to U.S. Borders and Cybersecurity," a webinar hosted by Columbia Southern University, Dr. Sancho Manzano reviewed what he describes as the "cyber triad protection" that oversees the cybersecurity protection for the Border Patrol: port-of-entry screening equipment, scanning equipment and devices, and forensics data information. This article is a transcript of Dr. Manzano's portion of that webinar.

July 22, 2019

Life After Law Enforcement: Career Options for Former Police Officers

Although many law enforcement officers spend their entire careers working in the field, just as many move on to different careers. The wide range of skills developed while working in law enforcement, including leadership, interpersonal communication, critical thinking and problem-solving, lend themselves to many different fields. If you are thinking about life after law enforcement and what you might want to do, it’s worth considering the following career options.

May 10, 2019

10 Career Choices for Your Criminal Justice Degree

Seasoned criminal justice professionals understand that their job opportunities reach beyond a career as a police officer. They can create positive change for their communities by using their degree and experience to serve and excel in many different positions. Whether you are currently employed in the field or are considering a career change, here are some options for careers with a criminal justice degree, as well as their educational requirements.

April 25, 2019

Addressing Threats to U.S. Borders and Cybersecurity [Webinar Transcripts]

Two of the nation’s top critical infrastructures, information technology and customs and border security, are top of mind for many Americans. Among the hottest topics involving these infrastructures are the threats facing the U.S. cybersecurity network and the country’s border patrol. From drug and human smuggling to cyberattacks to terrorist travel, the nation’s digital network and physical borders are dealing with unprecedented issues. What can those in law enforcement do to serve and protect the citizenry?

December 8, 2017

Criminal Justice Degrees: Writing Skills Are Important

Usually, when we think about the skills required for a career in criminal justice, writing doesn’t always top the list. Rather, we consider knowledge of subjects like law and criminal behavior to be significantly more important. skills are a key aspect to being successful in criminal justice fields like law enforcement, in large part because most of the jobs in this field are within large bureaucracies that rely heavily on written documents as a form of communication.


November 7, 2017

5 Characteristics of First Responders

In times of chaos and every day on the job, first responders are heroes who keep our communities safe, calm and protected from harm. Being a first responder takes a special kind of person. Here are five characteristics we see in the firefighters, police officers, emergency managers and EMS professionals that we have the honor of educating every day at Columbia Southern University.

August 16, 2017

Student Stories: Neil Fetner

Sept. 11, 2001 is a day that Americans remember as a time of tragedy and sorrow. It was also a time for unity, patriotism and brotherhood, when many Americans felt called to serve after the terrorist attacks. Neil Fetner is one of those Americans.

July 25, 2017

What Safety & Emergency Services Career Field Should You Pick? [Flowchart]

With so many career opportunities in the safety and emergency services industries, it may be hard to narrow down the options. This flow chart will help you decide the best career for you based on your wants and needs.