FEMA’s New Strategic Plan: What This Means for Federal Emergency Response

FEMA’s New Strategic Plan: What This Means for Federal Emergency Response

By Giles Hoback, III, faculty member, Emergency and Disaster Management & Fire Science Management at American Public University

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) just released its 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, including updates to its mission priorities, key outcomes, and stakeholder communication. The new plan was developed in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s Quadrennial Homeland Security Review and takes its foundation from the same review.

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Career Considerations: Don’t Overlook Federal Law Enforcement

By Dr. Vincent Giordano, program director, criminal justice at American Public University

Today’s criminal justice students should consider careers in federal law enforcement. Since 9/11, federal law enforcement has increased its footprint in the United States and throughout the world and continues to grow. Here is a look at these agencies and their role in law enforcement.

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Organized Crime’s Involvement in Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking

Organized Crime’s Involvement in Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking

By Dena Weiss, professor of criminal justice at American Military University

Organized crime plays a significant role in human trafficking in countries worldwide. Often beginning as a voluntary action, human trafficking quickly turns into the recruitment, transport, and control of an individual. The criminal act not only involves trafficking an individual, but also the demand for exorbitant fees to transport a person and create fraudulent passport documents.

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Don’t Fear Theory: The Role of Criminal Justice Theory on Your Department’s Policies

Don’t Fear Theory: The Role of Criminal Justice Theory on Your Department’s Policies

By Dr. Vincent Giordano Program Director, Criminal Justice at American Public University

Whenever I mention the word “theory” to students I am met with a combination of emotions, including dread, confusion and the occasional fear in regards to math! Often these mixed emotions are due to a lack of understanding of what theory is and how it impacts the study of criminal justice.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media in Emergency Services

By Dr. Shana Nicholson and Joseph Heaton

Social media has become a staple in today’s society. It is hard to find someone who does not participate in at least one service, whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Using social media for personal reasons is socially acceptable, however, when social media and emergency services mix, an explosive concoction begins to form.

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Public Safety Leadership: What it Takes to be a Top-Notch Manager

By Michael Beshears, professor of criminal justice at American Military University

Being an effective manager is critical in all professions, but it is especially important for those working in the various fields associated with public safety. Police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical service personnel require people who have the tools and skills to be top-notch managers and leaders.

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Rehabilitation: A Shift in How the Criminal Justice System Addresses Drug Offenders

Rehabilitation: A Shift in How the Criminal Justice System Addresses Drug Offenders

By Dr. Vincent Giordano, Program Director, Criminal Justice at American Public University

Since the late 1900s, there has been a shift in how the criminal justice system deals with drug offenders by creating alternatives to lengthy prison sentences. Prior to the shift, the war on drugs resulted in large numbers of individuals being incarcerated for a multitude of offenses ranging from drug possession to drug trafficking.

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