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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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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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Law Enforcement and Substance Use: A Dangerous Mix

Substance abuse can affect anyone, even law enforcement. Although police officers often see the severe consequences of drug or alcohol use through their jobs, some still turn to substances. There are many reasons law enforcement personnel use substances including coping with the stress of their job, regular exposure to tragedies or death, issues in their personal life, or simply from anxiety or depression.

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The Tactical Coffee Cup: The Value of Real-Life Training Scenarios

Many law enforcement agencies provide real-world simulation training for their officers. Recently, American Military University (AMU) heard from one law enforcement agency in Tennessee about a training simulation program that uses AMU gear as a prop to further test their officer’s response.

The Scenario
This agency uses a Ti Training simulator, which gives officers an opportunity to train in a number of scenarios using various weapon systems.

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Human Trafficking: Tackling a Main-Street America Problem

By Jerrilyn Singley

Human trafficking is a massive illicit criminal enterprise affecting millions of individuals. Only recently has trafficking begun to receive the attention it deserves, however, there remain many common misconceptions.

One misconception is that human trafficking is only a problem in third-world countries with low economic stability and political social unrest (Tverdova, 2011).

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