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I am a Criminal Justice instructor, and I would like to tell you about my education, relevant work experience, and teaching philosophy. My education includes a master's degree in forensic science from National University in San Diego, CA, and a bachelor's degree in microbiology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.
For eleven (11) years I was a full time, sworn law enforcement officer in North Carolina. My assignments were in Patrol, Crime Prevention/Community Services, and Tactical (i.e., SWAT). I volunteered for training as a Field Training Officer (FTO) and served in that role for several years. Along the way, I earned certification as a General Law Enforcement Instructor and delivered in-service training to my Departments. I co-wrote and presented a Tactical Medic class, and assisted in teaching a basic Forensic Science class. Working as a Crime Prevention / Community Services Officer, my mission was to forge partnerships with community members to solve crime and quality of life problems. A major component of this mission was education. This came in the form of classes for schools, apartment complexes, businesses, and community watch groups. I presented topics such as child safety ('stranger danger'), cyber-safety, and physical security for homes and businesses. I was a 'training hog' and got as much training as I could, so my knowledge base is highly diverse. The classes included coverage of most law enforcement operations: investigations, community policing, crime prevention, and a lot of tactical training.
Before I entered law enforcement, I volunteered over ten (10) as a paramedic and rescue technician. My specialties were tactical medicine, high angle rescue, and confined spaces rescue operations. My duty posts included Training Officer, shift supervisor, and Field Preceptor (the EMS version of a law enforcement FTO).
I hope it is apparent that I love teaching. No matter what job I held, I always gravitated to a teaching role. At this point, I believe I have much to offer the prospective criminal justice or forensic science student: not only do I have a strong theoretical foundation, I have 'real life' experience from which to draw to bring the lessons to life.
I believe adult education depends on forming an effective partnership with the student in which both parties are actively engaged in the process. The adult educator facilitates the process by 'meeting the learner halfway'. This involves presenting course material in a manner that is compatible with the learner's learning style. I look forward to forming a partnership with you to help you master your lessons in the challenging field of Criminal Justice and Forensics!
This category includes: Forensic Science, Criminal Law, Juvenile Justice, Corrections, Security Management, Civil Liability, and Ethics.
I have taught all of these subjects at the college level. In addition, I have eleven (11) years as a police officer applying these subjects to actual situations. This is important, because the 'real world' is not as neat and tidy as what appears in a textbook.
For example, it is easy to learn when and how to stop and frisk someone 'by the book'. However, the situations encountered by officers on the street rarely fit the textbook examples. Each case presents a unique set of circumstances. My experience dealing with these situations lets me bring a different perspective on the material that can enrich and clarify the efforts of the course instructor.
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