Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Peirce College students learn firsthand about career opportunities in counterterrorism

Becoming a police officer isn’t the only career path you can pursue with a criminal justice degree. Today you can use a background in criminal justice to work in many areas of the law enforcement field, including corrections, security, juvenile justice, and criminal investigation. One subset of the criminal investigation field that continues to grow is counterterrorism, a branch of law enforcement that focuses on helping stop and prevent crimes of terror.

Due to the growth of this area, we were pleased to welcome Sergeant Steve Iannone, Supervisor Detective Squad at the NYPD Counterterrorism Division, to the College on Nov. 19. Fifty-five students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members came out to hear his presentation on counterterrorism and how this field continues to grow.

Sgt. Iannone covered the campaign the Department of Homeland Security has established to help members of the public: If you see something, say something. This means if you see suspicious activity, report it to your local authorities.

It was great to hear this presentation from such a widely respected organization. Notable attendees were Tom Mitton from the Department of Homeland Security and Joe Sullivan of the Philadelphia Police Department, as well as the Philadelphia Police Department recruiting unit. Having the participation of these regional and national stakeholders is very important as our Criminal justice program continues to grow and raises awareness in the broader Philadelphia community. Many attendees got a chance to speak with law enforcement attendees and build their criminal justice networks.

Thanks to everyone who attended! If you missed it, we have another excited criminal justice event coming up. Azucena Ugarte, Director of Education & Training at Women Against Abuse, Inc., will be presenting on Dec. 12 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. She’ll cover domestic violence and resources in Philadelphia that can help someone in an abusive relationship. RVSP for the event by emailing me at rmbrzenchek@peirce.edu.