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5 ways to advance your career as a police officer

You made it through the police academy and are working as a patrol officer. But you have your sights set on being promoted from beat cop to detective — or perhaps one day, even chief of police.

As with many jobs, moving up takes dedication: You need time to learn the ...

Security chief faces fear and earns college degree

Jason Hudson built a career on grit and courage. He served as a senior airman in the U.S. Air Force. He joined the protection details for celebrities and world leaders. And then he worked his way up to become director of security and safety at the Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

5 ways school violence has changed security

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, is just the latest incident to alter how administrators and law enforcers handle school violence.

“The school security industry changed radically starting back in 1999 with ...

5 ways to tell if your child's school is safe

Recent school shootings have many parents feeling anxious and wondering what they can do to protect their kids.

“Parents need to remember that school shootings are rare, random and unpredictable,” says Tommy Burns, a private security and policing consultant, ...

5 emerging criminal justice fields

The future of criminal justice is high-tech — from police beats to border security to the courts. “Science and technology are going to play a huge role in criminal justice over the next 20 years,” according to Steven Campas, a retired police commander and campus college chair for the University of Phoenix College of Criminal Justice and Security at the Sacramento Valley ...

5 ways to help protect your home from burglars

Are you doing everything possible to make your home secure and dissuade burglars?

Not likely, says Tom Milner, retired commander of the support services division at the Newark Police Department in California and an instructor in ...

Are you safe at work?

Contrary to popular opinion, most workplace violence incidents are not the results of disgruntled co-workers or spouses committing “crimes of passion.” Rather, the majority of workplace homicides and violent incidents result from robberies, according to “Violence in The Workplace,” a research brief released this year by the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. ...

5 key safety questions for potential homeowners

As the country’s real estate market gets back on its feet, house hunters are finding a wide range of properties on the market — especially in neighborhoods that were on the rise when the housing bubble burst in 2008. For a few years, these up-and-coming areas were caught in limbo. Now, potential homeowners are giving them a fresh look....

5 secrets of Internet safety

With an increase in the use of smartphones and tablets, many Americans have Wi-Fi access 24/7, wherever they travel. Banking and shopping online might be convenient, but they can also make you vulnerable to cybercrime, which increased 3.4 percent in 2011. Here are a few tips for protecting yourself online:...

5 ways to reduce crime in your neighborhood

As technology has gotten more sophisticated, so, too, has crime prevention. Simply leaving a light on when you go on vacation may no longer be enough to prevent a burglary. Keith Roberts, criminal justice instructor at the University of Phoenix Southern California Campus, offers tips for keeping the streets in your neighborhood safe:...

5 ways law enforcement is reducing violence

In today’s era of tight budgets and hiring freezes, law-enforcement agencies must develop creative ways to fight violent crime with limited resources. Thanks to innovative policing strategies nationwide, the FBI reports that national violent crime rates dropped in 2010 for the fourth consecutive year. Here are five examples of these successful new methods:...

5 challenges facing the corrections industry

The poor economy has affected our society in a variety of ways, and the prison system has not been spared from what often feels like across-the-board budget cuts and closings. The result: The corrections industry is facing big challenges and needs people with bold ideas, says Fay DeMeyer, an instructor in the criminal justice program at the University of Phoenix Salem Learning ...

Should public school districts put parents of truant kids in jail?

Truancy officers were once a normal part of public school staffs — they prowled neighborhoods, shopping malls and school parking lots looking for kids skipping out to “play hooky.” Although technology like automatic phone dialers to notify parents of their child's absence, and electronic student ID systems that track attendance, have largely replaced the truancy officer, ...

Occupy Wall Street violence yields 5 important lessons for law enforcement

“The Protester” may be TIME magazine’s “2011 Person of the Year,” but in many police departments throughout the U.S., Occupy Wall Street activists continue to stir interest in 2012.

From last year’s pepper-spraying of students in Davis, Calif., and the ...

How to stop repeat offenders from doing time — time and again

Henry Earl of Lexington, Ky., has been arrested more than 1,300 times. Since the ’90s, he’s spent roughly twice as much of his life in jail as he has out.

His incredibly lengthy rap sheet and quirky mug shots have made him a pop icon on the Internet. What seems to pique people’s interest is his inability ...

Bridging the gap between physical and IT security

With today's technology, would-be criminals need not be in the same city as the companies they’re targeting. They can worm through virtual security perimeters to pilfer company trade secrets or consumer data. Criminals’ ability to physically or virtually target companies worldwide has security professionals, like Hector Garcia, Ed.D., on high alert....

5 ways women in prison behave differently than men

While the vast majority of people in the U.S. corrections system are male, female offender populations are growing.

“With this increase comes considerable challenges,” says Mark Reinhardt, MS, area chair for the College of Criminal Justice and Security at University of ...

The effects of mob mentality on crowd control

Recent incidents of what the media has dubbed “flash mob crime” have led to greater focus on crowd control and mob response among law enforcement departments nationwide. While flash mob crime might be a relatively new concept, it’s just the latest manifestation of a well-known kind of crime — mob violence....