This Holiday Season, Reach Out to Those Who Are Hurting

This Holiday Season, Reach Out to Those Who Are Hurting

By Leischen Stelter, editor of In Public Safety

The holiday season can be a joyous time spent celebrating with family and loved ones and reflecting on another year gone by. But, for many people, the holidays can be extremely difficult. For those struggling with mental health issues or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the holidays can evoke an array of unpleasant emotions.

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Wreaths on Graves in Arlington National Cemetery

Honoring Those Who Sacrificed Everything, One Wreath at a Time

By Leischen Stelter, editor

On December 13th, more than 250 people gathered at Marietta National Cemetery in Georgia to lay wreaths on the graves of veterans. At the same time, in cemeteries across the nation, thousands of volunteers participated in Wreaths Across America, a national non-profit organization that pledged to place 750,000 evergreen wreaths on the graves of military men and women in all 50 states this holiday season.

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Airline Trafficking: Signs for Spotting Human Trafficking in Transportation

The holidays are the busiest time of year for airports. Not all travelers are headed to see loved ones—some are actually the unwilling victims of human trafficking.

In this podcast, Dr. Stacey Little, program director for transportation and logistics at American Military University interviews Nancy Rivard, founder of Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) about how the average airline passenger can help identify signs of human trafficking.

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The Coloring of America: Do You Identify as Blue, Green, and Tan?

By Dr. Chuck Russo, program director of criminal justice at American Military University

In the news lately, all we seem to hear about is “black-this” and “white-that”— people identifying by color when discussing an issue. Here are the colors I identify with: I am blue. I am green.

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Transformational Leadership and the Impact on Morale, Satisfaction in Corrections

By Michael Pittaro, assistant professor, criminal justice at American Military University

Working within a prison can be dangerous and unsettling for corrections officers. Corrections officers are tasked with maintaining a safe and secure facility not only for correctional staff, but also for prisoners.

Primary Stressors for Corrections Officers
Most of us who have worked or are currently working in corrections agree that job satisfaction and morale in corrections is, and always has been, low in comparison to other criminal justice professions.

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How to Manage Stress Levels During Lawlessness and Mob Situations

How to Manage Stress Levels During Lawlessness and Mob Situations

By Mark Bond, professor of criminal justice at American Military University

The recent protests that turned into lawlessness in Ferguson, Mo., were disturbing for the entire nation to witness. Law enforcement agencies across the country have been working with community organizers and protesters to keep demonstrations peaceful, but were unsuccessful in Ferguson.

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Educating the Next Generation of Police Officers about Human Trafficking

By Leischen Stelter

Human trafficking has gained attention in recent years, but it remains a topic that more law enforcement officers need to fully understand. During Together Let’s Stop Traffick, an international summit about global efforts to combat human trafficking, American Military University (AMU) faculty member Michael Pittaro presented the challenges of educating the next generation of officers.

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