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The Fighter Within: Why Pedro Arellano Won’t Give up on Education

Boxing and higher education may not look like they have a lot in common, but the drive to succeed is what keeps all good fighters in the game.

Is There An Easier Way to Catch a Criminal?

Social media may help the next generation of police catch more criminals in an easier way. Read how some police departments are finding criminal confessions and evidence through social media.

The CSI Effect: Exposing Myths of Fictional Criminal Justice Careers

If you love crime shows and want to pursue a career in Criminal Justice, it may be time for a reality check.

Top 3 Challenges for Potential FBI Agents

Tell your friends and family that you want to be an FBI agent, and they’ll remind you of a few things you’ve probably heard before: that it’s extremely tough to get into, the FBI will do an incredibly thorough background check on you going all the way back to grade school, and that they’re looking for people who fit ‘the’ profile. Let’s shed a little insight.

National Police Week

Tales of heroism and tragedy police officers face reach all of us. Nat’l Police Week begins May 12, 2013. Visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and tell an officer, ‘Thank you.’

What it Takes to Be a Cop: A Personal Perspective

I’m often asked, “What does it take to be a cop?” I don’t always have a complete answer to offer, mostly because my response has changed over the years. Of course, I could give you the basics: how many many push-ups you have to do, how quickly you must run a mile and a half and how you can’t ever have used narcotics or hard drugs. But you could find all this basic information with a quick scan of the agency website that you’re interested in joining. So maybe reading about my law enforcement career will give you insight into what it takes to be a cop.

How to Successfully Pass the PMP Exam

Interested in adding a Project Manager Professional (PMP) designation to your career toolkit? Recently, I reached out to PMP and friend, Fahad Usmani, to gain his insight on the PMP certification process.

Can Fair Trials Exist with Social Media?

In previous blogs, we looked at how criminals are using social media and what they’re doing with the information they find online. We also discussed how law enforcement uses social media to track and ultimately prosecute criminals. Now let’s look at how social media is impacting the courtroom.

What Makes Rapists Tick?

One of the most difficult things law enforcement officers must do is to interview rape victims. They must be asked highly intrusive questions that force them to relive an extraordinarily painful experience. Yet the hard, cold fact is that cops aren’t therapists. Their primary goal is to capture the rapist and to keep another victim from going through the same pain.

How Law Enforcement Agencies are Using Social Media

“Hey, @SeattlePD: What’s the Latest?” is the title of a New York Times article discussing one of the more interesting uses of social media by law enforcement. The article describes a new Seattle police department Twitter campaign that involves the agency launching 51 “hyper-local,” computer-automated Twitter accounts, in addition to their main profile. The project is called “Tweets-by-beat,” and it transforms the traditional police blotter into a real-time source of information, neighborhood by neighborhood.

The Many Faces of Terrorism

Popular media often portrays a terrorist as a person of Middle Eastern descent. It’s a shortsighted, dangerous and limited perspective that reflects the media’s lack of diversity in imagination. Seldom are terrorists depicted as blonde-haired, blue-eyed individuals dressed in traditional business attire. But that view may soon change.

Social Media and Crime: How to Protect Yourself

For several months now, I’ve used social media to engage and interact with the CTU community on topics related to Criminal Justice. For me, one of the most fascinating and enjoyable aspects of social media is the ability to connect with people I might not otherwise get to know. When you think about it, social media enables you to potentially reach millions of Web users worldwide. That idea got me thinking: Do you know who is on the receiving end of your tweet, status update or online post?

As Communities Recover from Disaster, Law Enforcement Plays Critical Role

The role of law enforcement has never solely been about enforcing the laws. The phrase “Serve and Protect” goes beyond catching bad guys. America’s history has shown us that the responsibilities of first responders during a disaster, whether natural or manmade, are critical to a community’s effective recovery.

When Disaster Strikes, Who’s in Charge?

We live in a country that, both by virtue of its size and its geographic location, is subject to a variety of natural disasters including earthquakes, brush fires, tornadoes, mudslides, flooding, ice storms, blizzards, tsunamis and, of course, hurricanes. Not surprisingly, a big and important part of the Homeland Security mission has to do with preparing for, responding to and recovering from natural disasters.

Uncovering the Truth: The Reality of Criminal Profiling

Law enforcement has long been a rich source of fodder for the creative minds that keep us entertained in front of the television – not to mention the big screen – year in and year out.