Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
REQUIRED CREDITS: 180
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Program DetailsCity University of Seattle now offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. This is a multi-disciplinary degree program that combines aspects of public and business administration with the narrative and practice of justice. Our approach purposely gives students credible education with an eye toward applications into either traditional public sector careers such as law enforcement, criminal investigations, inspector general, or juvenile justice; or, towards the private sector, for careers involving corporate investigations and risk mitigation- including cyber forensic investigations. The CityU of Seattle online criminal justice program is taught by a faculty of active practitioners whose experiences enhance discussion and ensure coverage of the most current topics across a broad range of criminology fields.
Flexible, Online Learning OptionsAll of the upper-division courses in this degree program are offered online for your convenience. If you wish, you may take some lower division coursework in class, or you may complete your entire criminal justice degree online. Work with our advisors to create a course sequence that meets your individual needs and sets you up for an inspiring career.
Where CityU Can Take YouCompleting the CityU bachelor's program in criminal justice will give you the foundation you need to work in corporate or business settings as well as traditional ones- such as law enforcement, probation, or corrections. Once you graduate, you'll be equipped to enter a variety of careers in the following areas:
Do you have Criminal Justice or Military Experience?If so, then you may already have earned credit. If you have completed an approved criminal justice Training Academy (police, corrections, parole, etc.) then you qualify for 25 quarter credits toward lower-division electives. And if you have Military Experience, then you may already have earned credit toward your CityU Criminal Justice degree. Ask an advisor to see if you qualify.
Get Started Today!The application of skills and knowledge in this multi-disciplinary field relies on well-trained, capable men and women who can think critically and act tactically. If you want an impactful career, you need a well-rounded education. Set yourself up for success by contacting a CityU advisor today.
Take a Tour of an Online CourseCurious about how our online criminal justice courses work? The video below is a guided tour of a typical course. It answers the most common questions that students ask. Check it out and contact us if you have any questions.
Lower Division Requirements (90)
College Writing: 5
College Mathematics: 5
Social Sciences: 5
Natural Sciences/Mathematics: 10
Required Lower Division Courses (20)
From crime scene to courtroom, this course challenges and critically assesses the good, bad, and ugly of the essential process in the role of justice. Students will be introduced to both the science and the art of pursuing criminal investigations. Using case studies the course covers a wide range of, sometimes controversial, issues such as the use of informants, techniques of surveillance, interrogations, and "testilying."
Ethical, philosophical, and moral dilemmas while pursuing justice are at the heart of the course. Students are exposed to both classical and modern models of ethics and decision making analysis. Students will hone their skills using real case studies to evaluate challenges in policing, forensics, and corporate justice practices.
This course examines criminal justice as a system of interlinked issues and decisions faced by a diverse network of individuals, groups, and agencies. Students will address core concepts from the rule of law and how police operate to the mechanisms of punishment and social control. Students will explore landmark legal decisions and policies that impact the everyday functions (or dysfunctions) of the levers of justice. A wide variety of social and political issues will be examined in these contexts.
Through case law and constitutional analysis, this course examines a range of procedural criminal law topics, such as: arrests, search and seizure, post-conviction treatment, origin, development, philosophy, and constitutional basis of evidence. Students will assess degrees of evidence and rules governing admissibility, judicial decisions interpreting individual rights, and an analysis of case studies from arrest through final appeal.
Upper Division Requirements (90)
Criminal Justice Core (45)
This course will introduce students to applied research techniques relevant to the empirical study of crime and organizational decision making. Students will apply the scientific method to collect data and analyze relevant practical or theoretical questions. Basic applied quantitative modeling skills will be applied to public policy questions.
This course is a survey of basic topics and problems related to the discipline of criminology, such as the nature of crime, criminality, criminal statistics, and selected criminological theories, frameworks, and concepts. Students will explore the empirical study of crime prevention, offenders, criminal and deviant behavior, and the criminal justice system.
This course examines why and how decisions are made and what can be done to direct current and future justice leaders to rethink and adjust their decision-making processes to keep up with the demands of our constantly changing society. It devotes particular attention to the application of theories of leadership and performance measurement in a wide variety of management settings. Applied cases studies are used reinforce concepts learned.
Interpreting and solving complex problems are everyday activities for decision makers, whether they are operating in international, regional, national, or local political environments. These decision makers rely on policy analysts to understand and reason through choices of action undertaken to remedy a wide array of governance failures or challenges. The content of this course examines the world of the policy analyst and the analytical techniques they rely upon to carry out their work. These are critical skills for those seeking to create or research the efficacy of justice policies.
This course examines organizational structure and theory using formal, informal, and systems models. Students will apply models to the analysis of organizational processes and operations, including decision making, communication, leadership, control, and change. Lastly, students will consider how size, technology, task, and other structural characteristics affect overall organizational performance.
This course explores social, political, and economic impacts on various forms of crime. Students will take a multi-disciplinary approach to the exploration of international and transnational crimes, including genocide, terrorism, human smuggling, sex trafficking, and antiquities theft.
This course addresses crime, victimization, and criminality associated with modern digital technologies mediating social relationships. Students will investigate the legal, political, and societal changes that result from these technologies and their contexts in a wide array of crimes from cyber-rape to hacktivism.
The course addresses crime prevention in diverse environments such as public spaces, offices, homes, factories, and public transportation. It incorporates theoretical models from community policing and Broken Windows to Situational Crime Prevention. Case studies are used throughout this course. Students will complete a project where they conduct, analyze, and develop solutions for a crime problem.
The critical thinking process is used to analyze social issues and aid the student in identifying rational solutions. Topics examined include: argument analyzing and building; forms and standards of critical thinking; and evaluating sources of information. This course also develops students skills in writing.
Capstone Courses (5)
This course shows relationships between the structures/processes of organizations and the "pathologies" to which organizations are prone. Students learn to apply and sharpen their understanding of the nature and causes of organizational pathology by closely examining case studies on failure to apply those lessons. Students also gain a deeper understanding of how management policy and employee behavior can undermine the efficient, effective, and lawful delivery of goods and services by public and private sector organizations.
Emphasis Requirements (40-45)
Corporate Security and Investigation Emphasis (35)
This specialization is designed to merge previous coursework with particular features of business security, risk, and investigations. The specialization takes an expansive view of risks in order to protect employees, clients and customers, assets, and operations from internal and external threats, such as employee theft and fraud, workplace violence, espionage and beyond. This specialization is tailored for students who want to further their career in a private sector setting.
Interpretation of Financial Statements focuses on the analysis of publicly issued financial statements for decision making, and is taught from a user perspective. Students will learn to read, understand, and analyze a set of financial statements in a broad, decision-making context. Emphasis is placed on the consequences of recording accounting transactions on financial statements and the application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). A basic knowledge of math, algebra, and general business principles is needed to succeed in this class.
This course investigates dilemmas that routinely plague organizations as well as possible solutions to these dilemmas. Topics include diversity within the organization; conflict and negotiation; perception, motivation and reinforcement; leadership roles throughout the organization; human resource management and team building.
While general criminal investigative techniques are utilized in private sector investigations, the approaches to cases vary in specific and specialized ways in the private sector. Cases can involve a mix of constraints including criminal legislation and administrative or regulatory oversight commissions and boards. This course focuses on applying the role of the investigator and the methods of investigations in complex business environments.
This course is both a substantive and skills-based course aimed at providing students the insights needed in order to conduct a risk assessment or risk audit for an entity- with an eye toward developing recommendations for risk mitigation and prevention. In addition to theories of risk management, students will consider how assessments, audits, and investigations are interlinked in evaluating internal and external conditions and events involving fire, building systems, crime and terrorism, security deficiencies, worker safety, hazardous and toxic materials, disasters and emergencies.
This course explores the types of crimes, criminality, and wrongdoing that are associated with businesses and organizations. Students will explore many concepts, including: waste; fraud; abuse; corruption; malfeasance in the workplace harassment; discrimination; and workplace violence.
In this course, students will explore the interconnected responsibilities of the public/private sectors with the national critical infrastructure, governance, and homeland defense. Students will assess a variety of policy domains and topical issues from maritime and port security to WMD and their effects on business and government operations. Particular problems will be examined with respect to corporate and government espionage, intellectual property theft, and cyber war.
This course introduces students to the basic principles, terminology and application of financial concepts in a project management context. This course will enable managers to enhance decision-making aptitude by incorporating financial theory and concepts. Students will learn to integrate concepts such as net present value, weighted cost of capital, capital budgeting, working capital management, and forecasting into a project management context.
In addition to the above courses, take a 5 credit elective course.
Cyber Forensic Investigation Emphasis (45)
This specialization, comprised largely of courses from the Information Security program, is designed to appeal to those who are already practicing some aspect of investigation, data or information risk, or cyber forensics and want to obtain more refined knowledge and expertise in cyber-based investigations. It also appeals to military personnel interested in leveraging their previous technical knowledge and experience while transitioning their careers. This specialization is tailored for students who want to further their career in a either a public or a private sector setting.
Cyber law and governance is complex and challenged by ever-evolving changes in technologies. Students will gain knowledge in the legal and regulatory aspects of surveillance, data collections, privacy, search and seizure, national security, personal data, and liability. The course will make the legal aspects accessible to the non-attorney whose daily practice is guided by sophisticated legislative and regulatory frameworks.
This course presents an overview of digital evidence and computer crime by focusing on a systematic approach to investigating a crime based on the scientific method. Students explore the practical realities of investigating wrongdoing in complex technological environments. The course follows the lifecycle of investigation from crime scene to courtroom and covers a range of topics and skills necessary for the investigator to collaborate with forensic specialists, attorneys, and others.
This course develops an understanding of the concepts underlying Information Management. A broad list of topics related to information management are introduced including data acquisition, data transport, data manipulation, data storage, data quality, metadata, data modeling, databases, database management systems, and data communications. Modern businesses rely on sharing and storage of high quality business data to support strategic business objectives. Such systems must be carefully designed to satisfy user and business needs while being robust enough to handle unplanned changes and disturbances. Ultimately, these systems must be flexible enough to accommodate increased complexity as the amount of accumulated corporate data grows. This course prepares to the student to work in a managed information environment.
Network Security (5)
This course examines the tools, processes and procedures used to secure computer networks. The course reviews network vulnerabilities, common attack vectors, and methods for preventing, detecting and minimizing the effects of network attacks using such tools as Firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems. Students completing this course will have an understanding of how to secure and defend networks. Prerequisites: IS 308 or CS 330 and 332.
This course covers Internet technology including: physical devices and networks, protocols and services, and common network operating systems. The course focuses on a broad understanding of how to use and implement networks, including an introduction to physical and logical network design. This course will provide students with an understanding of networking and Internet Protocols (IP) they will use to design small- to mid-sized business networks or expand their knowledge in network-based application programming or network security. Prerequisites: IS 306.
This course introduces the student to the world of information security and information assurance. Students are exposed to a broad variety of concepts across the field of security including the triad of Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability and the conflicts that arise from the processes of trying to simultaneously achieve the ideal. Students are also introduced to the roles and responsibilities for information security in an organization, and how people, culture, politics, regulations and other factors affect those roles. At the end of the course students will be prepared to study Information Security in depth.
This course investigates the policies that govern information security, and how systems can be audited to ensure compliance with those policies. Policies are the process in which technical controls are codified into standards and practices that a company or a governmental organization will use to define controls, and assess compliance of those controls in the working environment. Auditing is the process in which electronic systems are reviewed for compliance with the policies promulgated by senior management. This course focuses on key aspects of information management policies and auditing to ensure compliance with standards based policies and practices. Students will immediately be able to use the information gained in this course to write policies and audit for information systems compliance.
This course covers the tools and techniques that security professionals use to implement, monitor and evaluate security on computer systems. Students will lock down and monitor computer systems and gain hands on experience in collecting information about the vulnerabilities of an organization. Based on their experiences in this course, students will be prepared to conduct penetration testing on authorized systems.
IT Compliance (5)
As IT has become critical to the functioning of business, the importance of information security, accuracy, and availability becomes paramount. In response there has been an increase in the complexity of government and industry mandates from around the world. These regulations on IT direction and management have the ability to disrupt business, but also can elevate the organization to a more mature and secure operational posture where the upside of affirmative safeguards is tremendous and limited only by the organization's ability to execute and adapt. This course will investigate IT Compliance regulations including SOX, HIPAA, PCI-DSS, and 21 CFR 11. Students learn techniques for assessing compliance and integrating compliance initiatives into IT strategy, planning and projects.
Justice Administration Emphasis (40)
This specialization builds upon previous coursework to provide students with advanced technical knowledge and skills in policy and operations. This specialization is tailored for students who want to further their career in a public sector setting.
This is an advanced course employing case studies that integrate previous coursework. It provides students a forum for analyzing and debating contemporary and real-world issues involved with the delivery and administration of justice.
This course introduces operations research as it applies to model formulation in problems of management science, policy analysis, and decision making. Throughout this course students will learn to use Excel as a tool for exploring quantitative analysis through hands-on exercises involving a wide range of tools and techniques from graphical modeling and significance testing to cost-benefit analysis.
This course investigates the development and implications of crisis communications in today's world. Students will develop a framework for a communication plan in the event of a crisis or emergency, as well as learn how to manage issues that might develop into a crisis or negative story or event, examine issues of risk management and crisis recognition, and understand how to factor the social and psychological implications of a crisis or emergency into a communications plan. Through case studies and theory, this course helps students develop the critical thinking skills, analysis, and ethical grounding required to handle the communication of crises and emergencies. Prerequisites: ENG 200 (or equivalent).
This course introduces students to the basic principles, terminology and application of financial concepts in a project management context. This course will enable managers to enhance decision-making aptitude by incorporating financial theory and concepts. Students will learn to integrate concepts such as net present value, weighted cost of capital, capital budgeting, working capital management, and forecasting into a project management context.
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This course offers an introduction to the punishment and "corrections" system and will provide an overview of current institutional practices, policies and legal issues. The course focuses on the relation of corrections to the criminal justice system, theories underlying correctional practice, and the role of institutions within the corrections system. It reviews the historical development of crime and corrections, sentencing, jails, prisons, correctional policies, agencies, prison life, and challenges facing correctional populations. It will further explore the principles and practices of treatment accorded to offenders in various types of correctional settings.
This course is introduces students to fundamental concepts in forensic science, beginning with historical perspectives and covering the use of forensics to investigate and solve crimes. Issues covered include the history and development of forensic science, crime scene evaluation, the crime lab, trace evidence, impressions, fingerprints, blood and DNA. Students will learn to evaluate and distinguish sound scientific concepts and the mythological representations in popular media.
This course examines how various countries and regions around the globe organize their criminal justice systems and satisfy police, court, and correction functions. It will provide students with an international and comparative perspective for understanding and appreciating the similarities and differences between legal traditions, criminal law, and procedures, crime rates, and means of punishment. Students will select a country and use their coursework to develop a profile of that country's criminal justice system.
A cross-section of public service and industry experience guide the criminal justice program.In approaching our curriculum we asked ourselves- knowing what we now know about the state of the world what kind of criminal justice program would best situate our students to begin or further their careers. Clearly, the answer involved combining curriculum that integrates issues and materials from a wide array of academic and professional areas- from public administration to business administration and criminology, political science, economics, psychology, and much more. Likewise, our ability to design and teach curriculum that meets this cross-disciplinary mandate must have a team of professionals behind it that is equally diverse. Being that most of our classes are offered online means that we can draw upon a national pool of experts. Below are a few of our colleagues who collaborate to build and teach courses. Some of our colleagues below provide guidance on curriculum matters, many do that and as well as teach our classes- all of them are experienced and skilled practitioners whose ability to communicate that knowledge through our courses is as unique and distinctive as our program.
Dr. Vincenzo A. Sainatois the Criminal Justice Program Director and is an expert in police administration, cybercrime, international crime, and risk analysis.
Dr. Sainato recently joined the faculty at CityU as both an Associate Professor and the Program Director for the Criminal Justice program. In 2009 he completed his doctorate in Criminal Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. His dissertation comprised a new elaboration on Situational Crime Prevention as a tool for oversight and governance of CJ agencies and their design and use of databases and data systems. In summer of 2009 Dr. Sainato joined the faculty at Loyola University in New Orleans. There he directed and built an online masters program in criminal justice while also working as a deputy in the Patrol Division for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's office. Dr. Sainato has over a twenty-year career that began in the early 1990's as a student and freelance web designer in the renowned Industrial Design program at the Cleveland Institute of Art. That interest grew into a career and by the mid-1990s he was working across the US and Europe designing, developing, and securing complex information systems for Fortune 500 corporations and renowned brands such as Chase Bank, Nike, Rolls Royce, Apple, Citibank, British Airways, Budweiser, Kodak, IBM, and many others. During 9/11 Dr. Sainato was working for a software firm in the World Trade Center, following that incident, decided to start fresh and change careers. Returning to school in 2002 he earned his undergraduate degree in International Criminal Justice from New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice while working at the United Nations University, a UN think tank, as a researcher. At John Jay he focused his studies on economic development, crime, and corporate risk in East Asia. Dr. Sainato was awarded a Presidential Fellowship from Fordham University in New York City where in 2006 he completed a dual Masters in International Political Economy and Development and the other in Economics. Dr. Sainato also holds an M.A. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a M.Phil in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York. Dr. Sainato has a series of publications concerning forensic technologies and evidentiary collection, cyber investigations, and data breaches. He is currently working on a number of research projects set for publication concerning justice administration issues, in particular, victimization of migrant workers and police responses, bail outcomes for defendants, and the use/misuse by police agencies and officers of off-duty freelance policing (paid details). In addition to his research and teaching duties Dr. Sainato has given testimony in criminal cases (LA. 24th District) as an expert witness on matters of criminology and cybercrime. He looks forward to the opportunity to also work in the field in a reserve law enforcement capacity in Washington State.
Dr. Erik Fretheim (Lt. Col., US Army retired)is a Professor and Executive Director at CityU. He is an expert in information security, cyber warfare, and advanced biometric security technologies.
Dr. Erik Fretheim is a Professor and Executive Director of The Technology Institute @ City University of Seattle where he is also the program director for graduate technology programs. Professor Fretheim is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and received his MSEE and PhD from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He also has an MBA from Long Island University. He retired from the US Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel after a career working in communications positions and being assigned for 19 years as a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the United States Military Academy, West Point. In Iraq, LTC Fretheim served as the MNSTCI deputy G-6 and CPATT C-6 on General Petraeus's staff with responsibility for designing and installing a comprehensive suite of communications systems to support the Iraqi government including the police, highway patrol, border patrol, and the military. This included systems from hand-held radios for police, to building the National Command Center, the National Joint Operations Center and the Prime Minster's situation room, managing a budget of just under $1Bn. Dr. Fretheim a Senior Manager for MCI Data Services where he designed and implemented network management and support systems for all high speed data networks, including the NFS Very High Speed Backbone Network and the CoREN networks which represented the first commercial Internet backbone. Dr. Fretheim subsequently worked as the Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer number of start-up and other small to mid-sized companies. He has also spent time as a consultant specialized in rescuing underperforming technology organizations. Dr. Fretheim has done research across a broad array of areas including VLSI circuit design, vision systems, networking and network management, peer-to-peer search engines, micro-power generation management, and cyber security. He invented the carry-multiplex adder which provides the theoretically optimal space-time coefficient and is used in all large scale microprocessors. His algorithm for foveal pre-processing is foundational in most facial recognition systems. Dr. Fretheim has been involved with Cyber War competitions since the NSA sponsored the first competition at West Point.
John F. Cataldiis an expert in counter-espionage, complex investigations, terrorism, and administration.
Mr. Cataldi retired after more than 30 years of government service, the last 25 years of which was served in the FBI. His eclectic experiences include those of being a farm laborer, merchant seaman, Army Combat Engineer, US Army Special Forces A-Team Leader (5th SFGA, Fort Bragg, NC), FBI agent and FBI leader. Mr. Cataldi is a graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point and holds a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Loyola University, New Orleans. Mr. Cataldi's FBI tours were with the New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and Kansas City offices and FBI Headquarters. His Special Agent investigative experiences include Violent Gangs, Drugs, Organized Crime and Homicides as well as numerous task force endeavors with local and state police. Mr. Cataldi was fortunate to spend many years as an operator in highly specialized technical endeavors of a classified nature involving joint worldwide operations with other members of the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense to include the combat theaters of Afghanistan and Iraq. His supervisory leadership experiences with the FBI include Violent Gangs, Intelligence, and Special Operations. Prior to retiring, Mr. Cataldi was Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) in Kansas City for the programs of Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, Intelligence, Cyber Crimes and Special Operations.
Dr. John DeCarlois an expert in police administration, crime prevention, leadership, and innovation.
He was formerly the chief of The Branford, Connecticut police department. He was a police officer for 34 years. While with Branford PD, Chief DeCarlo successfully brought the agency into compliance with national accreditation standards and initiated extensive community and problem oriented policing programs. During his first six months as chief of the Branford PD, he instituted programs which lowered the crime rate 20% and the motor vehicle collision rate by 80%. Chief DeCarlo is a graduate of the PERF Senior Management Institute for Police and attended the F.B.I. Academy in Quantico, VA and the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development School. During the1990s, Dr. DeCarlo co-founded a software technology firm where he acted as director of research and development. The company went on to become the leading supplier of police records management, crime analysis and computer aided dispatch software in the Northeast. DeCarlo has a Ph.D. in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research interests are in all facets of policing and eyewitness identification. DeCarlo formerly served as an associate professor of criminal justice at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. He is currently employed full time as an associate professor at John Jay College and serves as an outside advisor and curriculum evaluator to CityU.
Cdr. Tim Gatelyis an expert in police supervision, management, and public administration.
Tim Gately currently serves as an Operations Commander for the City of Redmond, Washington Police Department. Prior to joining the Redmond Police Department in 2004, Cdr. Gately worked as a Washington State Patrol Trooper in the Bellevue and Seattle offices for five years. Cdr. Gately holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from City University of Seattle and is currently completing his Executive Master of Public Administration course work at the Daniel J. Evan's School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, Seattle (E.M.P.A. 2014, Cohort 10). During his tenure at the Washington State Patrol, Cdr. Gately served in the Field Operations Bureau (Bellevue) and Vessel and Terminal Security for the Washington State Ferries (now the Homeland Security Division, Seattle). At the City of Redmond, Cdr. Gately served as a Patrol Officer, Drug Recognition Expert, Public Information Officer, Detective, & Lieutenant. His current assignment includes shared oversight of daily operations, including Uniformed Patrol, Records, and Evidence. He is an Associate member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and co-authored an article detailing Redmond's commitment to combating regional fraud (Karen Lissy and Tim Gately, "Combating Financial Fraud and ID Theft through Regional Partnerships," The Police Chief 80 (June 2013): 64-68.)
Jessica Giner, Esqspecializes in criminal law and procedure and sex offender prosecutions.
Jessica Giner is an attorney in private practice, specializing in criminal law. Prior to establishing her solo practice, Ms. Giner served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for seven years. Ms. Giner's experience includes serving in the Appellate and Juvenile Units, before prosecuting felony sex offenses in the Special Assault Unit. Ms. Giner currently serves on the Washington State Pattern Instruction Committee's Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Subcommittee, where she collaboratively drafts instructions to be utilized by jurors in deliberating cases involving a charge of failing to register as a sex offender. Ms. Giner has instructed other prosecutors on procedures for prosecuting felony sex offense cases on a statewide basis through the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. Ms. Giner received her Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law as a Presidential Law Scholar and National Association of Women Judges scholarship recipient.
Sgt. Jeremiah Johnsonis an expert in police innovation and administration.
Jeremiah serves as an "Acting Lieutenant" with the Darien Police Department (CT) and is a criminal justice scholar. He is a graduate of the 290th session of the Connecticut POSTC Police Academy, the 49th annual Fairfield County Detectives Conference, the First Line Supervisor Course at Roger Williams University's Justice System Training & Research Institute, and the Innovations in Police Management course at the University of New Haven. During his law enforcement career Jeremiah has worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, accreditation manager, patrol sergeant, detective sergeant and acting lieutenant. Jeremiah is concurrently employed in an adjunct capacity at Western Connecticut State University. He has taught courses at the undergraduate or graduate level in criminology, police administration, leadership, public administration, research methods, and performance measurement. Other experience includes service as an accreditation assessor for the State of Connecticut and the Connecticut Police Accreditation Coalition (CONNPAC). He has also served the Darien Police Association as Vice President and as a member of the contract negotiation team. Jeremiah was privileged to be an invited observer at the November, 2012 Harvard Kennedy School/National Institute of Justice Executive Session that met in Cambridge, MA. Jeremiah holds a BA in Sociology from Geneva College, an MS in Justice Administration from Western Connecticut State University, and an MA in Criminal Justice from John Jay College. His doctoral dissertation is on the topic of how police agencies effectively (or not) initiate and sustain innovation in leadership, administration, and policy. He is expected defend his dissertation and graduate in May, 2014.
Chief Jeffery Kumorek (ret.)is an expert in police administration, criminal investigation, and emergency management.
Mr. Kumorek is a consultant, investigator and security specialist with a 40-year career in public service. Though his work history includes running the second largest jail in Indiana, he has also been Chief, Deputy Chief and Director of Emergency Management for the City of Gary and Executive Director for the Partnership for a Drug-Free Lake County. Prior to that Mr. Kumorek was a Chicago Police Department investigator working for many years in the intelligence unit. His law enforcement education began as a cadet training at the Chicago Police Academy. Mr. Kumorek was a Staff Sergeant in the Illinois Army National Guard and graduated from City Colleges of Chicago (AD, Criminal Justice); Calumet College of St. Joseph (BS, Law Enforcement Management) and Loyola University of New Orleans (MS, Criminal Justice Administration). His experience in leadership and management is wide-ranging, from major metro sting operations in Chicago to implementing a mobile data terminal system in Gary and most recently, working to bring the 1000-bed Lake County Jail into compliance with a DOJ Consent Decree. He runs a consultancy in Gary, Indiana specializing in site security, investigations, and policy analysis.
Iara Rodriguez, Esqspecializes criminal law, corporate fraud, cybercrime and data privacy law.
Iara Rodriguez is a multi faceted law professional with experiences ranging from serving in the Public Defender's Office for the Jurisdiction of Puerto Rico, to creating Domestic Violence Courses for the Puerto Rico Police Academy, and serving as a Civil Rights observer and advocate. After leaving the Public Defenders office, Ms. Rodriguez started her own practice, in which she represented police officers accused of crimes through the C.O.P.S. Association in Puerto Rico, served in the Committee for Judiciary Appointments Reviews for the Puerto Rico Bar Association, and extended her practice to criminal and civil matters. Aside from her law degree Ms. Rodriguez holds a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Loyola University of New Orleans with a specialization in cyber forensic investigations. She is an Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society member, and member of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section. She has prepared and imparted community service seminars on “Natural and Cyber disaster preparedness” amongst others. Presently, Ms. Rodriguez resides in the State of Florida and is an adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice, at Ana G. Mendez Metro Orlando Campus. Additionally,she is presently a Consultant in Corporate and Government Fraud, in conjunction with C.P.A's and I.T. specialists, through her private consulting endeavors; and a sole practitioner in Federal Administrative practice of Immigration and Social Security law Matters.
Suzanne W. Sainato, Esqspecializes in evaluating corporate operational, regulatory, and financial reporting risks.
Suzanne Webb Sainato is a Vice President and Chief Audit and Compliance Officer at the Washington-based financial services firm, Symetra. In this role, Suzanne leads the internal audit and compliance departments, which evaluate operational, regulatory, and financial reporting risks at Symetra. Suzanne joined Symetra as the Chief Compliance Officer in April 2012 after serving as the Chief Compliance Officer for Pan-American Life's Domestic Markets division. She assumed additional internal audit responsibilities in August 2013. Prior to her role at Pan-American Life, Suzanne was an insurance product and litigation attorney at MetLife and an insurance and securities litigator at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett law firm. At MetLife, Suzanne led higher risk agent investigations and regulatory examinations involving potential fraud and misconduct and advised on legal risks to pertaining to electronic transactions. At Simpson Thacher, Suzanne's work included the defense of a $3.5 billion property insurance coverage dispute involving the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. Suzanne is a graduate of Yale University (BS), University of Alabama School of Law (JD, with honors), and Loyola University New Orleans (MBA, with honors). She is also a member of the board of directors for Symetra Securities Inc. and the Bellevue College Foundation. Suzanne has been a speaker at several conferences regarding compliance best practices, including vendor/third party administrator oversight and training.
Dr. Robert Edward Tarwacki, Sr.is an expert in polygraphy, cybercrime and complex investigations, policy analysis, and organizational management.
Dr. Tarwacki received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2011. The program is domiciled at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He also holds a specialization in Inspection and Oversight. Dr. Tarwacki has taught within the Public Administration Department of John Jay College for 8 years, presenting courses in Court Administration, Organization Theory and Management, Investigative Technique, Ethics, and Policy Analysis and Planning. He achieved a Masters degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University and a Bachelor's degree in Police Science from John Jay College, CUNY. Dr. Tarwacki is currently an Assistant Professor at Loyola University, New Orleans, where he teaches the online specialization in Cyber Forensics Investigation and Administration, a part of the online Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program. He has recently retired from law enforcement after dedicating 25 years to public service as a Senior Detective-Investigator in the New York County District Attorney's Office. His career has been divided among such assignments as Homicide, White Collar Crime, Non-Traditional Organized Crime, Internal Security, and Labor Racketeering. His last year was spent assisting in the formation and establishment of a Cybercrime and Identity Theft Unit with DANY. He received his training in cyber forensics through the National White Collar Crime Center and is a member of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association. Dr. Tarwacki also held the title of Investigation Bureau Director of Training and was responsible for authoring their Bureau Manual in 1990 and providing major revisions to that manual in 2011. He has been certified by the NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services, Municipal Police Training Council as a Police Instructor of general topics and as a Firearms and Tactics Instructor. As a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Certified Polygraphists, Dr. Tarwacki has been called upon to test witnesses and defendants in many high profile cases as well as to review the opinions of other polygraphists who submit exam results on behalf of defendants in criminal cases. His expertise has been established in New York State Supreme court in the areas of Polygraph, Structure of Violent Narcotics Gangs, and Police Firearms and Tactics. Dr. Tarwacki's doctoral dissertation, entitled "Perceptions of Quality in Criminal Investigations: Police Investigators, Supervisors and Prosecutors," is an exploratory research project which examines the factors that contribute to high quality police investigations. Dr. Tarwacki serves as an outside advisor and curriculum evaluator to CityU.
Roland Tayloris an expert in international crime and public-private partnerships, cybercrime, and police management/rule of law in post war/critical incident nations.
Mr. Taylor has had a most unusual career. He is currently a Program Manager for Bering Straits Native Corporation and was formerly a Program Manager with BAE Systems- a global defense, security, and aerospace firm. His current focus is on projects with the Department of State's Criminal Justice Program Support which is, approximately, a $10 billion dollar effort to support rule of law around the world. Mr. Taylor's portfolio of past projects includes international police support program projects in post-war Kosovo and Haiti. These bi-lateral projects involved significant investments of resources and expenditures into the hundreds of millions. Mr. Taylor's law enforcement career spanned from 1980 to 2000. He was a commissioned peace officer in a rural municipality in Louisiana where he rose to the rank of sergeant; however in 1999 he was selected by the U.S. Department of State to take-on a very important task. When East Timor declared itself as an independent nation there was an international call for police professionals from around the world to help build a justice system- following years of human rights and other abuses by neighboring Indonesia. Mr. Taylor completed his tour of duty as the Acting Deputy Police Commissioner of Operations of the United Nations (UN) mission in East Timor (Asia Pacific) with operational command of 1,500 police personnel from 52 countries. The primary task was to develop a new democratic national police service and to support the UN Security Council's goals. Mr. Taylor has completed numerous police training and instructor courses from the FBI, FLETC, DOJ, and Northwestern University Traffic Institute. He is an associate member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Mr. Taylor is highly experienced as a trainer and instructor in both law enforcement and human intelligence skills both domestically and internationally. He has held director of training level positions for BAE Systems, L-3Com, MPRI, and DynCorp. He has taught at the regional police academy level and in the intelligence community on a range of skills. Mr. Taylor is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University (Nebraska). He also holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (cyberforensic specialization) from Loyola University of New Orleans. His other academic honors include his induction into Pi Gamma Mu, National Honor Society for Social Sciences and Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society.
Captain Dennis Thorntonhas extensive experience in death investigations, interrogation techniques, ethics, and forensic evidence collection.
Captain Thornton is employed with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, which polices a substantial area of metropolitan New Orleans. He has been with the agency for thirty-five years and holds the rank of Captain and commands the Homicide Division. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in 2009. Most of his experience focuses on investigating and supervising death investigations and various other violent crimes; however, he worked with local and federal officials, post-Hurricane Katrina, and oversaw the make-shift morgues and collection of the victim remains, in the entire metropolitan New Orleans area, following the 2005 tragedy. Captain Thornton has been instructing in undergraduate and graduate courses in criminal justice since 2012. He graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree in 1991. He later pursued graduate work, obtaining a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Indiana State University in 2010. His graduate research focused on Hispanic victimization both pre- and post-Hurricane Katrina in metropolitan New Orleans. Captain Thornton is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in Urban Studies with a concentration on poverty, crime and mental health at the University of New Orleans. Captain Thornton is a member of several professional organizations, including American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and International Homicide Investigators Association (IHIA) and has lectured at a number of professional conferences on matters of forensics and death investigations.